Sara Terrell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Exercise Science Program Director

Florida Southern College’s commitment to engaged learning aligns with my value system as a higher education professional. A successful classroom environment should stimulate student engagement through hands-on learning while also developing critical thinking, facilitating the acquisition of lifelong learning, and developing evidence-based problem-solving strategies. I believe active student learning influences student-learning outcomes. Often times in my classroom I will encourage students to complete self-evaluations of their respective learning progress by connecting learning outcomes to metacognition principles. The goal of this exercise is to help students move beyond just memorizing content for a test and instead develop awareness, reflection, and personal responsibility for their learning process. Cultivating a classroom environment centered on these aforementioned areas is a humbling task and one I wrestle with every semester. The reward is worth it when students begin to synthesize and apply information at a higher level of thinking, a transferrable skill needed to successfully navigate the dynamic healthcare landscape we live in today.”

Prior to working at FSC, I served as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology and the Adult Fitness Coordinator for an employee disease state management and wellness program [Ohio Northern University]. I developed and managed exercise programs and worksite fitness initiatives for multiple employees. I also worked in college athletics as an assistant coach while overseeing the strength and conditioning programming for women’s basketball. My passion and expertise is exercise 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 (NSCA), and have USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coaching Certification. I am an active professional member of the NSCA serving as a member of the Florida State Advisory Board (SAB) and the National Women’s Committee. In my career, I also 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.

My current research interests span the multitude of my professional experiences, from sport performance, to reducing barriers to exercise, to high impact pedagogical practices.  I enjoy almost anything involving exercise and sports, but ultimately, what I most enjoy is helping others achieve a better quality of life using exercise as the cornerstone.


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

Publications and Exhibitions

Terrell, SL & Lynch, J. (2019). Exploring non-operative exercise interventions for Individuals with Femoroacetabular Impingement. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Journal23(1), 22-30.
S. Terrell, C. Allen, H. Norrstrom, D. Griessler, K. Svopa, B. Butler, J. Lynch (2018). Executing a drop landing task on stable and unstable surfaces: landing strategies implemented by division II female soccer athletes. Abstract pending publication to Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Terrell, S., Allen, C., Norrstrom, H., Griessler, A., Svopa, K., Butler, B., and Lynch, J. (2018). Lower extremity kinematics for division II female soccer athletes executing a drop-landing task: a comparison between landing on stable and unstable surfaces. Abstract publication as part of the European Sports Sciences Conference Proceedings, Dublin, Ireland.
Donovan, G. & Terrell, SL (2018). Exercise strategies to improve stress urinary incontinence in females. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Journal, 22(1), 28-32.
Terrell, SL & Lyle, T. (2017). Developing a novel global healthcare partnership through service-driven study abroad experiences. Abstract publication as part of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference Proceedings, Orlando, FL.
Terrell, S., Allen, C., Olson, G., & Lynch, J. (2017). Robotic rehabilitation treatment influences power and active straight leg raise performance in Division II female athletes. Journal of Athletic Enhancement, 6(4), 1-5.
Terrell, SL (2017). Start with Why! How to Foster Healthy Campus Communities through Exercise Science Program Stewardship. White paper publication as part of the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences & Education Professional Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, HI.
S. Terrell., C. Allen, G. Olson, & J. Lynch, J. (2017). Robotic rehabilitation treatment influences power and active straight leg raise performance in Division II female athletes. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 30(S1), 173.
C. Allen, S. Carrillo-Chavez, H. Norrström, & S. Terrell (2016). Maximal jaw opening technique elicits concurrent activation potentiation in males and not females. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 30(S1), 35.
Musser, M., Dipietro, N., Walden, L., Montenery, S., & Terrell, S. (2016).  Development of a Novel Interprofessional Education Activity with Undergraduate Students: Design, Assessment, and Lessons Learned. Health and Interprofessional Practice Journal, 3(1), 1-12.
Terrell, SL (2015). Using Social Ecology to Determine Worksite Wellness Programming Barriers within a Private Midwestern University. International Health and Wellness Society Journal 5(2), 31-43.
Fanous, AM., Rush, MJ, Kier, KL., and Terrell, SL (2014). Implementation of a Multi-Disciplinary Walking Program into an Established Employee Preventative Care Clinic. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 71, 1219-1225.
Terrell, SL. (2013) Education in an ecosystem of interruptions. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 1(2), 65-67.
Scott C. Swanson & Sara L. Terrell. (2012). Qualitative analysis of professional preparation in a CoAES accredited program that requires an internship. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(5S), 193.
Bright, D., Terrell, S., Rush, M., Kroustos, K., Stockert, A., Swanson, S., & DiPietro, N. (2012).
Employee attitudes toward participation in work-site based health and wellness clinic. Journal of Pharmacy Practice 25(5), 530-536.
Bright, D., Kroustos, K., Thompson, R., Swanson, S., Terrell, S., and DiPietro, N. (2011). Preliminary results from a University-based disease state management program focused on hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes. Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 25(2), 130-135.