Michael Perini, PhD
Dr. Michael Perini is VIU’s General Education/Faculty Training and Research Coordinator. Dr. Perini received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and History, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta, as well as a Master of Arts in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006. He additionally was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and completed the requirements for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies for Higher Education Administration at George Mason University in 2011. Dr. Perini graduated with a Doctor of Arts in Community College Education from George Mason University in 2015.
Dr. Perini worked as an Enrollment Counselor at the University of Phoenix’s Northern Virginia Campus from March 2006 until April 2007, completing the company’s “APP” management training and placement program in February 2007. In April 2007, he joined George Mason University’s Arlington Campus Library, serving as the library’s Circulation Supervisor until October 2010. Dr. Perini transferred to George Mason University’s Fenwick Library Reference Department in October 2010 as a Research Specialist. Promoted in July 2011, he was the Reference, Research, and Instruction Specialist in Fenwick Library’s Research Department until June 2015, focusing primarily on academic publishing and conference presentations. Dr. Perini has published on a variety of topics, including for-profit education, the public and civic good, distance education, library management and theory, student engagement, and martial arts theory.