Dr. 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. Thom then completed a doctorate in communication studies at Regent University. Thom is also a known Trekker and wrote his doctoral thesis on Star Trek: The Next Generation. 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 thirdseason of Touched by an Angel.
Thom 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 Thom’s essay “Why Do Heathens Make the Best Christian Films?” as a “standout.”
Dr. Parham has executive produced several award-winning student films and television shows including “American U,” “Giving Her Away,” “Jaded,” and “Sometime Today I’m Going to Kill Ben Stiller” and has directed acclaimed stage productions of Dinner with Friends, Dracula, A Few Good Men, Parade, Return to the Forbidden Planet, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Skin of Our Teeth. He also co-wrote the musical comedy Inside Out and the “dramedy” Steeple Chasers, plays that APU’s Drama Ministry Team performed throughout southern California