J. Mark  Baggett
Associate Professor of English and Law
Cumberland School of Law
Cumberland School of Law
Office: Robinson Hall 
Email: jmbagget@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2309

Joined faculty in 1987

Teaching & Research Interests: Literature and Language, Legal Research and Writing

Practice experience:

  • J. Mark Baggett, Attorney at Law, 1982–present
  • Associate, Jones & Ellis, Attorneys at Law, Tuscaloosa, 1979–1982
  • Vice President for Development, Judson College, Marion, Ala., 1985–1986

A native of Birmingham, Mark Baggett joined the Samford faculty in 1987, working in both the Department of English and Cumberland School of Law. He served as prelaw advisor from 1990 until 2004 and continues to advise prelaw students.

At Cumberland School of Law, Baggett teaches two sections of the first-year legal research and writing course, Lawyering and Legal Reasoning and also teaches a seminar course in Advanced Issues in Legal Writing. In the Department of English, he has taught American literature courses, as well as History of the Language and Senior Thesis. He has also taught the Samford University's Honors Seminar course and Law of Mass Media in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Baggett’s written Ph.D. dissertation was on Mark Twain: “Verbal Humor in Nineteenth Century American Literature.”

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, American Literature, 1987
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1979
  • M.A., University of Alabama, English, 1982
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Alabama, Communications, 1976

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Member, 1989


  • Current Member and Past President, ACETA (Association of College English Teachers of Alabama
  • Past President, Samford Faculty Senate