Jeffrey S. Martin, Ph.D.Program Director and Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Office: Wass Hall
Department: Athletic Training & Exercise Science
Degrees, Colleges Attended: Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, 2011, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.; M.S. Clinical Exercise Physiology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; B.S. Exercise Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Jeff Martin’s scholarly activities have been focused in the exercise sciences since his time as an undergraduate student. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004 and Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in 2006. During his time as a doctoral student at the University of Florida, Dr. Martin’s research focused on metabolism and vascular function in healthy and diseased human populations. His dissertation examined the effects of enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) on glycemic control and arterial function in subjects with abnormal glucose tolerance. Following his doctoral work, Dr. Martin successfully attained a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Missouri where he studied vascular biology and metabolism in an animal model of type 2 diabetes.
Throughout his career, Dr. Martin has maintained an enthusiasm for teaching, application of exercise science theory and principles in the field, and scientific research. Through his professional teaching endeavors, he has had the opportunity to teach diverse groups of people, from experiences as an undergraduate course director in exercise physiology curriculum to adult education programs in cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, and test prep and admission. In addition to his teaching experiences, Dr. Martin’s professional experiences include work as a fitness director, personal trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for collegiate student-athletes. Finally, Dr. Martin has authored numerous scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals covering many aspects of exercise physiology.
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How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students?
"Professionally, I have had the opportunity to apply exercise science theory and principles in a variety of settings. Throughout my experiences in clinical, applied, and academic positions I have come to understand that education is imperative to a successful career in the exercise sciences. Not only is personal knowledge and continuing education required, but the ability to educate those that you’ll be working with is also essential. As a professional in the exercise sciences one must direct and/or facilitate learning and behaviors whether it is with a client, athlete, or patient. Therefore, I believe that as an instructor, it is critical to develop the skills necessary in students for success as educators themselves.
Exercise science and teaching are two of the things I enjoy most, and having the opportunity to integrate the two is truly a blessing. During my time as an adjunct faculty member in 2006, I found working with the students at Lasell College and sharing in their successes in the field to be among the most rewarding experiences of my career. These experiences are what drove me to pursue my Ph.D. and a career in higher education. I aspire to instill the passion I have for exercise science in all of my students. I firmly believe that students that are passionate about the field are more likely to be successful as applied physiologists."