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Thomas Parham, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5219
Fax: (626) 387-5747
Thomas Parham is chair and professor of the Department of Cinematic Arts at Azusa Pacific University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and spent seven years on active duty, during which he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. Parham left the Navy to complete a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Regent University. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and has written for the long-running CBS’ drama JAG and the Family Channel sitcom Big Brother Jake, and he also served as the on-location writers’ assistant for the third season of Touched by an Angel.

Parham has contributed chapters to the American Chemical Society’s anthology Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment; Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century; The Gospel According to Super-Heroes: Religion and Popular Culture; and Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film, and Culture. In its review of that book, Publishers Weekly cited Parham’s essay “Why Do Heathens Make the Best Christian Films?” as a “standout.” Parham is listed in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who in America, the 2002, 2004, and 2005 editions of Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, and he received APU’s 2013 Undergraduate Scholarly Achievement Award.


  • Ph.D., Communication Studies, Regent University
  • M.A., Dramatic Communication, Regent University
  • B.A., English, Naval Academy


School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of Music and the Arts)

  • Cinematic Arts

College of Music and the Arts


  • Dramatic Theory and Criticism
  • Film Criticism
  • Popular Culture
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Screenwriting
  • Television History

Courses Taught

  • CINE 211 – Introduction to Fim
  • CINE 216 – Performance and Production
  • CINE 375 – Screenwriting
  • CINE 385 – Intermediate Screenwriting
  • CINE 420 – Topics in Cinema and History
  • CINE 487 – Television Writing: Episodic Drama
  • CINE 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in Theater, Film, and Television
  • CINE 499 – Capstone Project in Theater, Film, and Television