Prof. Parker, who received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2004, is a full-time instructor in the English Department and faculty-in-residence in Ridgecrest South. His classes explore the fantasy-inspired works of J.R.R. Tolkien and others. His works have been published in various periodicals, including American Poets Magazine and The National Poetry Review. In fall 2018, he received the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award from the University of Alabama National Alumni Association.