Sara Terrell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Exercise Science
“I believe your expert teachers will always value reflectiveness, flexibility, creativity and humility; and most certainly, strive to incorporate hands-on learning opportunities for students within an emotionally and physically safe environment with clear expectations. Additionally, it has always been my goal to expose students to as many experiential opportunities as possible, helping them connect to the variety of Exercise Science opportunities outside the traditional classroom setting. I always say, ‘look around! There are so many ways Exercise Science professionals can make difference within our campus community and community at large!’ Professional socialization and experiential opportunities help students see the value of our discipline within a greater context and develop critical skills that will serve them well as future exercise professionals.”
Prior to working at FSC, I served as a professor in higher education for 14 years, 12 at Ohio Northern University (ONU, Ada, OH) serving as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and the Adult Fitness Coordinator for the ONU employee disease state management and wellness program, ONU HEALTHWISE. HEALTHWISE is an interdisciplinary collaboration between ONU Pharmacy and Exercise Physiology where I developed and managed our on-campus experiential programming for our EXPH majors as well as developed exercise programs and worksite fitness initiatives for multiple employees. My passion and expertise is in applied Exercise Science, particularly strength and conditioning programming across a diverse spectrum, from your athletic population to those suffering from chronic disease. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and have USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coaching Certification. My current research interests span the multitude of my professional experiences, from athletics and sport performance, to worksite wellness programming, to education and pedagogy.
Prior to serving at ONU, I worked as an Exercise Specialist for the University of Michigan MFIT Health Promotion division with responsibilities in personal training, fitness testing, group exercise class instruction, exercise counseling, wellness programming, and fitness center management. I also have worked in secondary education and athletics, coaching women’s basketball at the high school and collegiate level. I enjoy anything with exercise and sports (especially my new FLA interest - stand up paddle boarding!) I also enjoy travelling to new destinations, attending orchestral and Broadway productions, and I look to be more involved in volunteering, hopefully with the Special Olympics once I settle in to my new environment here in FLA and FSC.
Ph.D., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
M.S., Exercise Physiology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
B.A., K-12 Health, Physical Education & Recreation; English (secondary licensure); Adrian College, Adrian, MI
Honors and Awards
Eastern Michigan University Outstanding Exercise Science Alumni Award winner (2011)
Publications or Exhibitions
Terrell, SL (2014). Using Social Ecology to Determine Worksite Wellness Programming Barriers within a private Midwestern University. Manuscript in review: The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society.
Terrell, SL. (2013) Education in an ecosystem of interruptions. Book Review of Nicholas Carr’s, The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to Our Brains. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 1(2), p.65-67.
Fanous, AM., Rush, MJ, Kier, KL., and Terrell, SL. Implementation of a Multi-disciplinary Walking Program into an Established Employee Preventative Care Clinic. Manuscript submitted to: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (accepted, June 2013; awaiting final acceptance).
Swanson, SC and Terrell, SL. Qualitative analysis of professional preparation in a CoAES accredited program that requires an internship. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) National Meeting Supplement publication (May, 2012).
Bright, D., Terrell, S., Rush, M., Kroustos, K., Stockert, A., Swanson, S., & DiPietro, N.Employee attitudes toward participation in work-site based health and wellness clinic. Journal of Pharmacy Practice (online) sagepub.com/journalsPermission.nav; DOI 10.1177/0897190012442719 (May, 2012).
David R. Bright, PharmD, Kelly R Kroustos, PharmD., KR, Rhonda E. Thompson, DNP, RN, Scott C. Swanson, PhD, Sara L. Terrell, MS, and Natalie A. DiPietro, PharmD. Preliminary results from a University-based disease state management program focused on hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. Journal of Pharmacy Practice (online) sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav; DOI: 10.1177/0897190011420725 (November, 2011).
Bright DR, Rush MJ, Kroustos KR, Terrell SL, Swanson SC, Stockert AL, Kier KL, Thompson RE, Milks MM, Murphy BL, DiPietro NA. Preliminary results from a University-based disease state management program focused on hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. Journal of the American Pharmacy Association (Abstract, March/April, 2011).
Terrell, SL. Neuromuscular training modalities as a preventive for anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes: A study of coaches’ attitudes and perceptions. Abstract published by the International Institute for Sport and Human Performance and Kinesiology Publications, University of Oregon, Volume 16 (1), April, 2003.
DiPietro, N., Terrell, SL, Montenery, S., Walden, L., and Musser, M. Preparing a Collaboration Ready Healthcare Workforce: Assessing Inter-professional Readiness of Undergraduate Students. Poster presentation to: All Together Better Health International Conference, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh (June, 2014).
Terrell, SL: Using Social Ecology to Determine Worksite Wellness Programming Barriers Within a Private Midwestern University. Poster and Abstract presentation at the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine (MWACSM) Regional Conference, Merrillville, IN (November, 2013).
Swanson, SC and Terrell, SL. Qualitative analysis of professional preparation in a CoAES accredited program that requires an internship. Poster and Abstract presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (May, 2012).
David Bright, PharmD; Michael Rush, PharmD; Kelly Reilly Kroustos, PharmD; Sara Terrell, MS; Scott Swanson, PhD; Amy Stockert, PhD; Karen Kier, PhD; Rhonda Thompson, DNP, RN; Michael Milks, PhD; Bethany Murphy, PharmD; Natalie DiPietro, PharmD, MPH. Design and implementation of a multidisciplinary, university-based disease state management and wellness program (poster presentation). Ohio Pharmacists Association State Meeting (April, 2011).
Terrell, SL. Using Social Ecology to Determine Worksite Wellness Programming Barriers Within a Private Midwestern University. Paper presentation to: International Health, Wellness and Society Conference, Vancouver, BC (March, 2014).
Terrell, SL: An interdisciplinary approach to University-wide wellness programming; an Exercise Physiology program approach. Presented to the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference, Indianapolis, IN (October, 2010).
Terrell, SL. Neuromuscular training modalities as a preventive for anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes: A study of coaches’ attitudes and perceptions. Abstract presented to the National Strength and Conditioning Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN (July, 2003).
Terrell, SL. Core strengthening for the high school athlete. Presented at the Michigan Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation State Convention, Battle Creek, MI (November, 2002).
Terrell, SL. ACL injuries in female athletes: Hormonal and neuromuscular dimensions. Presented to the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference, Columbus, OH (October, 2001).
. Association of the menstrual cycle and ACL injuries in female athletes: potential topics for research
. Presented to the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Graduate Conference, Gaylord, MI (January, 2001).
Community and Educational Presentations
Terrell, SL. Strategies to improve workplace ergonomics. Presented to the ONU faculty and staff as part of the ONU HEALTHWISE brown bag seminars (April, 2014).
Terrell, SL. Assessing obesity using field test measurements. Presented to the 2013 Allen County Health Summit (September, 2013).
Terrell, SL. Strategies to improve back health. Presented to the ONU faculty and staff as part of the ONU HEALTHWISE brown bag seminars (October, 2012).
Terrell, SL. Exercise considerations for the aging female. Presented to the ONU Women’s Club (February, 2012).
Terrell, SL. Optimizing nutrition for swimming athletes. Presented to the ONU Swimming and Diving Clinic (October, 2011).
Terrell, SL. Functional flexibility for swimming. Presented to the ONU Swimming and Diving Clinic (October, 2011).
Terrell, SL. Strategies for firefighter fitness. Presented to the Ada Village Firefighters (April, 2010).
Terrell, SL. Fitting in fitness at any age. Presented to the Ada Village Rotary (April, 2008).
Terrell, SL. Sports nutrition for the endurance athlete. Presented to Ohio Northern University Multi-sport Club (March, 2008).
Terrell, SL. New Year, new you. Strategies for fitting in fitness. Presented to the Ann Arbor Women’s Connection (January, 2002).
Terrell, SL. Stress management for the new professional. Presented to the University of Michigan Department of Chemical Engineers (February, 2002).
Terrell, SL. Gender differences in response to exercise. Presented to undergraduate exercise physiology students, Eastern Michigan University (June, 2001).
Terrell, SL. Optimizing performance on and off the ice. Presented to the Ann Arbor Hockey club (June, 2001).