Marisa Hastie, Ed.D.
Associate Professor and Program Director of Exercise Science
Office: Wass Hall
Office: Wass Hall
Department: Athletic Training & Exercise Science
Dr. Marisa Hastie’s work in the field of exercise science combines her passions for health and life-long learning. She strongly believes that exercise can play a tantamount role in lives of all individuals. Having served in a multitude of professional roles, she has worked as a fitness director, a personal trainer, a group exercise instructor, a researcher, and an educator in higher education.
Dr. Hastie has taught in a variety of higher education institutions: community college, public state schools, and private institutions. Her current research interests include the relationship between exercise training and cognition and in science pedagogy focused specifically on bridging the gap between theory and practice.
Dr. Hastie has also served as a past president of the Northwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and maintained an active role in numerous professional organizations. Her love of teaching brought her to Lasell where she hopes to infuse her passion for exercise science into the classroom and develop inspired, active, future leaders in the field.
What is important for your students to take away from your classes?
“I always hoped my students will leave my courses more excited and even more inquisitive about the field of Exercise Science. I view my role in the classroom as a 'trail guide' -- I’ve been on the trail before, I’ve scouted our route, I know where some of the most difficult parts will be, and I know where some of the greatest views are to stop and appreciate! I will share all of my knowledge, tools, resources, and the experiences I have had, but each journey is unique! I want my students to connect with our work in a meaningful, applicable, and very personal way. My role is to guide them on this journey – to celebrate their peaks and to help them through the rocky parts. My goal is to provide them with an experience where they can develop their own 'tools' so that they become active, inquisitive learners that are passionate exercise science professionals. The journey has just begun!”