Neil Hatem, Ed.D.Chair of Mathematics and Science; Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: Maple Street MOD
Department: Mathematics and Science; Honors Program
Degrees: Ed.D. - Mathematics, University of Massachusetts, Lowell; M.Ed. - Mathematics, Framingham State College; B.S., Business, Tulane University
Neil Hatem's scholarly interests are centered on mathematics but expand to such areas as leadership and philanthropic activities involving Lasell College students, including relief work in New Orleans to aid in the Hurricane Katrina clean-up effort, a festival to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis, and work with Habitat for Humanity to help construct affordable housing for year round residents of Martha's Vineyard. These efforts have attracted local attention, especially the Hurricane Katrina effort, as articles appeared about this cause in The Boston Globe, The Newton Tab and The Daily News Tribune. Neil presented his study, "The Use of Clickers to Improve Students' Class Participation, Motivation, and Improvement of Grades", at the American Educational Research Association 2008 Annual meeting in New York City. Neil was the recipient of the 2007-2008 Lasell SGA de Witt Spirit Award and the class of 2011 Lasell Lamp Yearbook dedication. Neil worked as an assistant coach with Lasell's women's basketball team from 2005-2008, but now devotes all of his coaching time to his two kids. Neil also served as Faculty Chair from 2008-2011. He completed his Ed.D at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2010, with research focusing on the effect graphing calculators have on college mathematics students' achievements.
What do you like about teaching at Lasell College?
"I like to see the smile on students' faces when they solve a problem and realize they can do math. In addition, working with Lasell's honor students on various philanthropic journeys has given me a satisfaction I cannot describe in words. Lasell is a great community, from students to faculty to the administration, and that is why I chose Lasell!"