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Professor of Film and Media Arts, American University School of Communication

Chris Palmer is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. He is also a speaker, author, and environmental and wildlife film producer. He has swum with dolphins and whales, come face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps.

Chris’s book, Now What, Grad? Your Path to Success after College (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), switches gears from wildlife films to another passion of his: teaching and inspiring young people. This book focuses on the crucial skills that schools often don’t teach, such as how to organize a job search, how to manage time effectively, how to speak powerfully, how to network, and how to create a personal mission statement.

His latest book is Raise Your Kids to Succeed: What Every Parent Should Know (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). In 2018, Rowman & Littlefield will publish his book on teaching entitled How to Excel at Teaching: Inspiring University Students to be Enthusiastic.

Over the past thirty years, Chris has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and the IMAX film industry, work that won him and his colleagues many awards, including two Emmys and an Oscar nomination. And from this treasure trove of experience came his two controversial and entertaining memoirs about the dark side of wildlife filmmaking: Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker (2015) and Shooting in the Wild (2010).


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    Professor of Film and Media Arts, American University School of Communication