Tara Blackshear, Ed.D.

Associate Professor


Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 120 G
Monday 2-4pm
or by appointment


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

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

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

Areas of Expertise

Health, Physical Education, and Physical Activity
Social, Cultural, and Structural Equity in Health, Physical Activity, and Education

Select Publications 


  • Health & Physical Activity Promotion 
  • Fitness Testing & Assessment in Physical Education 
  • Equity – Race and Gender

Professional Memberships

  • SHAPE America: The Society of Health and Physical Educators
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • SHAPE Maryland: The Society of Health and Physical Educators


  • Physical Education Teacher Education Fitness Testing Liaison
  • Department of Kinesiology Strategic Planning 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