At Illinois State University, Palmer teaches courses on the American community college, adult and continuing education, and the history of American higher education. He is the editor of "Grapevine," an online compilation of state fiscal support for higher education.
Prior to joining the ISU faculty in 1992, he served as acting director of the Center for Community College Education at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), vice president for communications at the American Association for Community Colleges (Washington, DC), staff associate at the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (Los Angeles, CA), and assistant director for user services at the ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges (UCLA). Palmer is a past president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, which is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. He is the editor of "Grapevine," an online compilation of state fiscal support for higher education (http://www.grapevine.ilstu.edu/).