Thomas Parham, Ph.D.

Professor, Executive Director of Screenwriting and Curricular Development
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5219
Fax: (626) 387-5747
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Dr. Thomas Parham is a professor and executive director of screenwriting and curricular development for 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. Thom left the Navy to complete a doctorate 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 also served as the on-location writers’ assistant for the third season of Touched by an Angel.

Thom is widely published and 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. His book Communication Contexts on Star Trek: The Next Generation will be published by McFarland Press next year.

Dr. Parham is a 2015 Television Academy faculty fellow, received APU’s 2013 Undergraduate Scholarly Achievement Award and Act One's 2007 Faculty Award, and is listed in the current edition of Who’s Who in America, as well as the 2002, 2004, and 2005 editions of Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. Thom co-hosts Flix 66—APU Cinema’s Screen Studies podcast—and is a regular contributor to TV Campfire podcast.


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


  • Writers Guild of America (WGA) Member

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Cinematic Arts


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

Courses Taught

  • WRIT 220 – Writing 2: Film Analysis and Criticism
  • CINE 375 – Screenwriting
  • CINE 385 – Intermediate Screenwriting
  • CINE 483 – Genre Studies
  • CINE 487 – Television Writing: Episodic Drama
  • CINE 496 – Senior Seminar: Ethics in Cinematic Arts
  • SCW 595 – Entertainment Production
  • SCW 687 – Writing the Drama Pilot
  • SCW 699 – Screenplay/Teleplay Portfolio Workshop

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