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Clark named Shug Jordan Professor of Writing

Miriam Clark

Miriam Marty Clark, associate professor of English in the Department of English, has been named the university’s fifth Ralph “Shug” Jordan Professor of Writing. Awarded every three years, the professorship honors a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to student success through effective and innovative writing assignments and writing instruction.

A specialist in modern and contemporary American literature, Clark’s teaching and scholarly areas include poetry, fiction, literary theory and 20th-century American culture. Her expertise in the scholarship and practice of pedagogy have enabled her to actively collaborate with the Office of University Writing to help students develop their writing and analytical skills.

“I have really benefited from University Writing programs and the conversations they have created across the disciplines,” Clark said. “I am honored to be named the Jordan Professor and excited about working with the University Writing Committee and the University Writing Team to support and advance writing at Auburn.”

For more than six years, Clark served as chair of the ePortfolio Project Steering Committee and was honored by the Office of University Writing for her distinguished contributions in 2021. As chair, Clark mentored students in portfolio development and implementation, engaged faculty across the university and represented the project at local events and national conferences. 

“Through her work with Auburn’s ePortfolio Project, Dr. Clark demonstrated her passion for teaching and commitment to developing innovative approaches to student learning,” said Christopher Basgier, director of University Writing. “Since my arrival at Auburn in 2017, she has remained a steadfast partner to our office and is a staunch advocate for our programs and resources.”

Auburn Athletics established the Shug Jordan Professorship to recognize a faculty member who demonstrates a deep commitment to student writing, writing research and pedagogical innovation. A pillar of athletic tradition and academic excellence, Coach Jordan brought national recognition and respect to Auburn’s football program from 1951-75 while later serving the institution as a member of the Board of Trustees.   

For more information on faculty development focused on writing, contact Christopher Basgier at or visit

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