Tara Blackshear, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor


Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 121 G
Weds: 12-2pm 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 

  • Blackshear, T. B. (2021). Women undergraduate students’ perceptions of father involvement and the connection to physical activity, International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Educationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/24711616.2021.1881417 Advance online publication
  • Blackshear, T. B., & Culp, B. (2021). Transforming PETE’s initial standards: Advancing racial equity and social justice in physical education, Quest, 73 (1), 22-44. https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2020.1838305

  • Blackshear, T. B. & Seyfried, L. (2021). Does education close the Black-White physical activity and obesity gaps, Journal of American College Health, 69(2), 222-226. https://doi.org/1080/07448481.2019.1657122.
  • Blackshear, T. B., & Kilmon, K. (2020). Natural hair: A vital component to Black women’s health, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. http://doi.10.1007/s40615-020-00922-4 Advance online publication.
  • Blackshear, T. B. (2020). The use of Fitnessgram® in PETE: Is it appropriate? International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, doi.org/10.1080/24711616.2020.1806156 Advance online publication.
  • Blackshear, T. B. (2020). #SHAPEsoWhite. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 25(3), 240-258. doi.org/10.1080/17408989.2020.1741533

  • Blackshear, T. B. (2020). Short and sweet: HIIT training in PE. Strategies: A Journal for Sport and Physical Educators, 33(2), 3-12. doi:10.1080/08924562.2019.1705218

  • Blackshear, T. B., Barton, A., & Moxley, J. (2019). The evaluation of student fitness levels in exercise science and physical education teacher education programs. Quest, 71(1), 21-41. doi10.1080/00336297.2018.1487309

  • Blackshear, T. B. (2019). Fathers—An untapped resource for increasing physical activity among African American girls. Montenegrin Journal of Exercise Science and Medicine, 8(1), 23-28. doi10.26773/mjssm.190304 


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

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