As a recipient of the Faculty Achievement Award in 2002, his teaching evaluations are among the highest on campus and students describe John as “energetic,” “motivating,” “enthusiastic,” “entertaining,” and “thought-provoking.” John would describe himself as tough but student-oriented.
In the last two decades, John has facilitated literally hundred of national qualifying speeches for AFA, NFA, and ISO, including two national champions at the AFA-NIET. After receiving his Ph. D. from the University of Nebraska in 1997, Dr. Perlich dedicated his energy to serving students through teaching, crafting strong curriculum (even a class studying the potential [and pitfalls] of videogames as teaching tools), and mentoring undergraduate scholarship.
As the adviser for HC's Lambda Pi Eta honorary, John is especially proud of the “Best New Chapter” (2007) and "Outstanding National Chapter" (2012) awards presented to Phi Omega (the HC Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta) by the National Communication Association; students traveled to San Diego and Orlando to receive these awards. There are more than 500 active chapters of Lambda Pi Eta across the nation.
In his spare time, he likes to read and write—John has edited and contributed to three recent publications and is working on a fourth and fifth project. John (or, “JP”) 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)