Dr. John Perlich

Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Committee for Human Subjects Research
Gray Center, G128

Dr. Perlich arrived at Hastings College in 1999 and continues to serve the college as a professor, sponsor (for Lambda Pi Eta–Phi Omega), advisor, volunteer forensics coach, and Chair of the Committee for Human Subjects Research. In the last two and a half decades, Dr. Perlich has mentored thousands of students. As a speech coach he has facilitated hundreds of national qualifying speeches for AFA, NFA, and ISO, including two national champions and a “Top 3” team finish at the AFA-NIET. After receiving his Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska in 1997, Dr. Perlich dedicated his energy almost exclusively to serving undergraduate students through teaching, crafting strong curriculum, and mentoring.

In the classroom, Dr. Perlich (a.k.a. “JP”) is always looking for new and innovative ways to help students increase their knowledge and improve implementation of communication theory. He serves as the coordinator of departmental assessment, taking keen interest in measuring student outcomes. As a recipient of the Hastings College Faculty Achievement Award, his teaching evaluations are among the highest on campus. His students describe him as “energetic,” “motivating,” “enthusiastic,” “entertaining,” and “thought-provoking”; John would describe himself as tough but student-oriented.

Dr. Perlich was elected in 2015 for another three-year term to the Lambda Pi Eta National Faculty Advisory Board. He has been recognized as the national adviser-of-the-year with the Thomas L. Veenendall award in 2012. John is especially proud of the “Best New Chapter” (2008) and "Outstanding National Chapter" (2012 & 2015) awards presented to Phi Omega (the HC Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta) by the National Communication Association. His students traveled to San Diego, Orlando, & Las Vegas as recipients of these awards. There are nearly 500 active chapters of Lambda Pi Eta across the nation. Learn more about Phi Omega.

Dr. Perlich has edited and contributed to three recent publications and is working on numerous other projects. He is married and has two daughters—his office is plastered with family photos.

Publications from Dr. Perlich include:

Myth in the modern world: Essays on intersections with ideology and culture Whitt, D. & Perlich, J. (2014) Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 9-780786-478408

Millennial mythmaking: Essays on the power of science fiction and fantasy literature, films and games. Perlich, J. & Whitt, D. (2010). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-4562-2. 

Sith, slayers, stargates, + cyborgs: Modern mythology in the new millennium. Perlich, J. & Whitt, D, (2008). ISBN 978-1433100956