Donald G Perrin

Donald G Perrin, Ph.D.

Senior Adjunct Faculty Member
(805) 300-8080


Donald G. Perrin Ph.D., Senior Adjunct Professor, has taught MBA courses for California Lutheran University since 2006. He has a Doctorate in Communications from the University of Southern California (USC); taught and managed academic programs, research and innovative projects for USC, University of Maryland, California State University and Colleges; Department of Defense, State and Federal agencies, business, industry, start-ups, and foundations. He was instructional designer and proposal writer for Lockheed California Company and Silicon Valley industries including Hewlett Packard; authored over 100 academic papers; writer/director for nearly 100 media productions; Managing Editor for publications of the United States Distance Learning Association; and Executive Editor, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. Dr. Perrin won numerous federal, state and foundation grants and contracts, and received awards for scholarship, research, teaching, public service, creativity, multimedia presentations, and scientific-documentary films.



1995 Certificate in Total Quality Management, San Jose State University,

1982 California State Colleges Administrator Credential.

1969 Ph.D. Communications / Instructional Technology, University Southern California, 1969.

1962 M.A. Cinema / Education, University of Southern California, 1962.

1960 B.A. Letters, Arts, and Sciences magna cum laude, University of Southern California, 1960.



Dr. Perrin directed federally funded research, curriculum design, media production, teaching, dissemination, and faculty development projects. He wrote proposals and directed projects exceeding twenty million dollars in grants and contracts. He initiated new and successful technology programs for education, government, military, industry, and foundations.

His major planning and policy-making activities include: advisor to state and federal agencies including Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Education, Maryland State Department of Education, California Department of Education, California State University, and California Community Colleges .

1997-2000 Dean of Learning Technologies, Riverside Community College District. Developed and implemented in one year open computer labs, multi-disciplinary teaching labs, faculty training labs, production labs, ATM fiber-based networks, WANs connecting three campuses, a cable head-end with 24x7 programming, and a Digital Telecommunications Center. Collaborated in grants and contracts: $1.7 million Title III grant for the Riverside Community College (technology author) and $1 million Adelphia grant for Digital Communication Center
1988 - 97 Founding Director, Alquist Center for Innovative Learning, San Jose State University
1976 - 88 Director, Instructional Media Center, California State University, Northridge
1975 - 76 Chief, Instructional Technology, Department of Defense
1969 - 75 Director, Instructional Technology Program, University of Maryland


Dr. Perrin uses interactive technologies to stimulate creative thought and action and develop independent learners. He taught undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral students at University of Southern California, Alamosa State College*, Catholic University, Coppin State College*, University of Maryland, California State University Northridge, San Jose State University, Riverside Community College, and University of Maryland-University College Online. He teaches / trains students, teachers, leaders and managers in learning architecture, instructional system design, curriculum development, administration, research, evaluation, interactive multimedia and hypermedia, computers and the Internet, information technology and e-learning.