His work has appeared in journals including College English, Computers and Composition, Written Communication, Writing Program Administration, Marketing Education Review, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Kairos, and Social Forces, as well as in edited collections. Since 1992, he has coordinated the development of Writing@CSU (http://writing.colostate.edu) and its Web-based learning environment, the Writing Studio. He is also founding editor of the WAC Clearinghouse (http://wac.colostate.edu) and academic.writing, a refereed journal focusing on interdisciplinary perspectives on communication across the curriculum, which in 2004 merged with Language and Learning Across the Disciplines to form Across the Disciplines.
Palmquist is the author of Joining the Conversation: Writing in College and Beyond (2010), The Bedford Researcher (fourth edition, 2012), Designing Writing (2005), The Bedford Bibliographer (a Web-based citation tool released in 2006), the Bedford Research Room (a Web site for students and instructors), and the software program Research Assistant/HyperFolio for English, all published by Bedford/St. Martin's. He is co-author, with Kate Kiefer, Jake Hartvigsen, and Barbara Godlew, of Transitions: Teaching Writing in Computer-Supported and Traditional Classrooms, published in 1998 by Ablex, and co-author, with Don Zimmerman, of Writing with a Computer, published in 1999 by Allyn and Bacon.
Palmquist served as chair of the NCTE College Section Steering Committee and as a member of the NCTE Executive Committee from 2009 to 2011. He served as the chair of the NCTE College Section Steering Committee Working Group on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty, whose policy statement and recommendations were endorsed by the NCTE Executive Committee and published on the NCTE Web site in 2010.
In 2004, he was the recipient of the Charles Moran Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field, awarded by Computers and Composition. In 2006, he was presented with the Outstanding Technology Innovator by the CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication.