Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Office/Department: Sociology and Communication Studies, Department of
Location: Sattgast Hall 207 K
Phone: (218) 755-2807
Box #: 27
As a native Minnesotan, I belong at BSU. I grew up in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis (Blaine) and have family throughout the state (Duluth, Pelican Rapids, Fargo-Moorhead, Minneapolis). I’m proud to say that I come from one of the top-two “healthiest states” (according to US News & World Reports in May, 2018), and love the outdoor opportunities available in the Bemidji area.
I started my career working as an undergraduate teaching assistant roughly thirty years ago. I started school at Anoka Ramsey Community College and finished my undergraduate degree at a Minnesota state school. Since that time, I’ve taught in Minnesota, Illinois, and Nebraska. My job has taken me to 46 of 50 states (I’ll let you guess the four I’ve missed) and 10 countries outside the United States. I completed my Doctoral degree in Nebraska where I studied Applied Communication, Instructional Communication, and Language & Culture. My passion for research and teaching is centered on Communication Apprehension. I’m best known for my work using Virtual Reality as a tool to overcome stage fright and speech anxiety—I actually hold the proprietary rights for a patent in this area. Ask me about working with VR! I love talking about the applications of this technology.
I wasn’t sure what I would be doing for my career when I was an undergraduate. In fact, I didn’t realize teaching is my “calling” until the end of my junior year. That’s why I relate so well with new and undecided students. As an undergraduate, I loved being a generalist and enjoyed studying a little bit of everything. If you are uncertain about where life will take you, I know we’ll get along!
My students have said that I’m caring, knowledgeable, and highly skilled at both face-to-face and online teaching. I’ve presented my research in VRE (Virtual Reality Environments) at the Minnesota state capitol and have been awarded multiple grants for my scholarship. I enjoy time with family and engage in a ton of outdoor activities.
I love BSU and learn something new each day about the awesome events and amazing people on our campus! My experiences have proven that our students are authentic, energetic, and enthusiastic. I’m thrilled to serve as a professor at Bemidji State.
Ph.D., 1997, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Communication Studies; areas of specialization: Language & Culture
Dissertation: “An explication of dialectical tensions and their negotiation in understudied relationships.”
M.A., 1992, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Communication Studies with a supporting field of Gender Studies
B.S., 1990, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Communication Studies with a minor in History
A.A., 1987, Anoka Ramsey Community College
- Advanced Public Address
- Career and Professional Communication
- Communication and Conflict
- Communication in Education
- Communication Theory
- Directing Forensics
- Health Communication
- Ideologies in Social Discourse
- Intercultural Communication
- Interpersonal Communication
- Leadership and Small Group Communication
- Nonverbal Communication
- Oral Interpretation
- Performance of Literature
- Principles of Human Communication
- Public Speaking
- Research Methods
- Rhetoric and Cultural Criticism
- Senior Seminar—Communication Capstone:
- Video Games as Learning Tools
Recent Presentations & Publications
Perlich, J. (2020). The Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) and Communication Apprehension. Minnesota State Day at the Capital, St. Paul, MN
Perlich, J. (2019). Virtual Reality and Communication Apprehension. Minnesota State Board of Trustees Meeting, Bemidji, MN
Perlich, J. (2019). The Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) and Communication Apprehension. Communication & Theater Association of Minnesota, St. Cloud, MN.
Perlich, J. (2018). Even the Playing Field: Virtual Reality Environment (VRE) as a Preparatory Tool for Speakers. The Forensic, 103, 52-61.
Perlich, J., Arends, J., Christiancy. M., Griggs, A., Kindig, J., Rueckert, T., Schuster, T., and Swift, M. (2017). Using Assessment to Improve Teacher Efficacy in the Actualization of Student Outcomes: An Instrumental Case Study Approach. Speaker & Gavel, 54(2), 25-42.
Perlich, J. (2014). Speaking: A basic “how-to” for new speakers. In T. Oman (Ed.), Brain food. Hastings, NE: Hastings College Press.
Whitt, D. & Perlich, J. (2014). Myth in the modern world: Intersections with ideology and culture. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Perlich, J. & Whitt, D. (2010). Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Millennial Mythmaking. Theofantastique. http://www.theofantastique.com/2010/01/10/whitt-and-perlich-science-fiction-fantasy-and-millennial-mythmaking/
Perlich, J. & Whitt, D. (2010). Millennial mythmaking: Essays on the power of science fiction and fantasy literature, films and games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Perlich, J. (2010). Rethinking the monomyth: Pan’s Labyrinth and the face of a new hero(ine). In J. Perlich & D. Whitt (Eds.), Millennial mythmaking: Essays on the power of science fiction and fantasy literature, films and games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Perlich, J. & Whitt, D. (2008). Sith, slayers, stargates, & cyborgs: Modern mythology in the new millennium. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Perlich, J. (2008). “I’ve got a bad feeling about this…”: Lucas gets lost on the path of mythos. In D. Whitt & J. Perlich (Eds.), Sith, slayers, stargates, & cyborgs: Modern mythology in the new millennium. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Hobbies: Reading, Ice Fishing, DIY, Gaming
Sith, Slayers, Stargates, + Cyborgs: https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/20795?tab=aboutauthor&format=HC
Millennial Mythmaking: https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/millennial-mythmaking/
Myth in the Modern World: https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/myth-in-the-modern-world/