Tara Blackshear

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Burdick Hall, 121 L
Tue & Thur 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
& by appointment


Ed.D., Exercise and Sport Science, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2008

M.Ed., Physical Education, Florida A&M University, 1995

B.S., Physical Education, Florida A&M University, 1994

Areas of Expertise

Assessment in Physical Education
Physical Activity Promotion- Race, Gender, & Social Class
International Education

Dr. Blackshear recently joined the Towson community after working abroad teaching Health, Physical Education, and the International Baccalaureate Sport, Exercise and Health Science curriculum. She is passionate about helping young people excel through health, physical education and sport, and aims to provide health and physical activity for all. Dr. Blackshear's research interests include father impact on physical activity, fitness testing in physical education, and socio-cultural issues in physical activity with attention directed towards underserved populations and females of color. Her long-term goals include developing culturally relevant school-based physical activity interventions.


Dr. Blackshear enjoys providing authentic classroom experiences for Physical Education Teacher Candidates to ensure the next generation of students have access to quality physical education instruction and programming. 

Select Publications 

  •  Blackshear, T. B., Barton, A., & Moxley, J. (2018). The evaluation of student fitness levels in exercise science and physical education teacher education programs. Quest. doi 10.1080/00336297.2018.1487309
  • Jago, R., Drews, K. I., McMurray, R. G., Thompson, D., Volpe, S. L., Moe, E. L, Jakicic, J. M., Pham, T. H., Bruecker, S., Blackshear, T. B., & Yin, Z. (2010). Fatness, fitness, and cardiometabolic risk factors among sixth-grade youth. Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise, 42(8), 1502-1510.
  •  Jago, R., Baranowski, T., Watson, K., Bachman, C., Baranowski, J. C., Thompson, D.,Hernandez, A. E., Venditti, E., Blackshear, T., & Moe, E., for the STOPP-T2D-Prevention Study Group (2009). (member of the study group) Development of new physical activity and sedentary behavior change self-efficacy questionnaires using item response modeling. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 6, 1-14.


  • Father Impact on Physical Activity among Females
  • Data-driven Fitness Testing in Secondary Physical Education

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Health and Physical Educators 
  • American College of Sports Medicine 
  • Maryland Association for Physical Education Recreation & Dance 


  • Physical Education Teacher Education Curriculum Representative
  • Physical Education Teacher Education Fitness Testing Liaison
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Gender & Diversity Committee- Sub-Committee Member

 Courses Taught

  • KNES 238 Physical Fitness Programming and Assessment in PE
  • KNES 244 Creative Movement & Gymnastics in Physical Education 
  • KNES 294 Elementary PE Content Knowledge and Performance I
  • KNES 317 Motor Behavior in Physical Education 
  • KNES 325 Teaching Physical Education in Secondary School