Don Perini

Professor of Creativity and Innovation and Director of the Creativity and Innovation Honors Institute

Faculty Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Interdisciplinary Studies

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Phone: 616-254-1650 ext. 1944


Professor Don Perini believes that the most effective way to preparing his students for their careers is to bridge the gap between knowledge and skills by engaging in useful projects, problem-based learning, Yoda Sessions and personal mentoring. By teaching skills in creativity and innovation, he equips students to become lifelong learners, master adapters and problem solvers who have developed the empathetic and collaboration skills needed in today's marketplace. He received the Teacher of the Year Award at Cornerstone University in 2006.

In addition to teaching, Professor Perini travels the nation shaping the way educators, writers and entrepreneurs think about creativity and innovation. His newly released book, "Emerge," encourages individuals to practice creative habits in order to produce meaningful work.


  • Emerge (Pot Boilers, 2014)
  • Rhyming With Orange (Credo House Publishers, 2011)

Additional Publications and Articles

  • Perini, Don. (2015). "Emerge Study Guide." Orange Press One.
  • Perini, Don. (2006, Jan/Feb). Rethinking gaming. Group Magazine.

Speaking and Consulting Engagements

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens
  • Shape Corporation
  • American Advertising Association
  • National School Board Federation
  • Barrette Outdoor Living
  • Spring Lake Camp 
  • William Jessup University
  • Association of Christian Librarians
  • Flow-Rite Controls, Ltd.
  • National Youth Workers Conference
  • Lilly North Professors Conference
  • National Heritage Academics

Campus Involvement

  • Board Game Club
  • Gift-in-Kind Review Committee Member
  • Core Course Coordinator and Committee Member
  • Creativity and Innovation Coordinator


  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, National University
  • M.A., Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., Christian Education, Biola University (1989)


—Creating board games
—Mountain biking
—Writing screenplays
—Hosting students for a meal and party games