Tara Blackshear

Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Burdick Hall 121 L
Tue & Thur 11:00am-12:30pm
& 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. Dr. Blackshear currently teaches KNES 238-Physical Fitness Program & Assessment, KNES 294- Elementary Physical Education Content Knowledge & Performance I, and KNES 327- Teaching Cultural Dance & Creative Movement in Physical Education.


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


  • 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 
  • KNES 294 Physical Education Elementary Content Knowledge and Performance I 
  • KNES 325 Teaching Physical Education in Secondary School