Spencer is Deputy Director for Creative Writing in the School of English. He is also Director of the Literacy Support Project and Advantage Award.
His first novel, Journeys in the Dead Season, was published by Macmillan in 2005.
He is a member of the editorial board of Creative Writing Studies; and a member of Literature Wales. He was the Chair of the English-language Panel for the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award.
Spencer completed his PhD in 1999 at the University of the West of England, Bristol, (UWE). The research entailed a detailed prosopographical analysis of Bristolian political and economic elites between 1835 and 1939 (externally supervised by Professor Sir Rick Trainor and Professor Sir David Cannadine).
Before that Dr Jordan completed his MA thesis in 1993 at the Institute of Historical Studies, University of College London, before moving to UWE as a research associate on the Bristol Historical Databases Project. In 1999 Dr Jordan gained a postgraduate teaching qualification at the University of Keele; subsequently he was employed at UWE as Senior Co-ordinator for E-Learning before moving to the Department of Humanities at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Spencer has taught creative writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. At Cardiff Metropolitan University he was Programme Director for the MA Humanities programmes; he was also the School's Learning, Teaching and Assessment Co-ordinator.