Tara Newsom, JD, LLM

 Tara Newsom, JD, LLM

Office Information

SPC Downtown
DT 224
Associate Professor
(727) 398-8470
(727) 444-6031


We all have a story. Our passions and committents drive us to how we engage with the world. I am committed to developing opportunities for students to explore their brand of citizenship that refects their passions.  This personal efficacy will stregethen our community and our democracy.

I recently helped launch the college’s Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement. The Center is strategically designed to create diverse civic leadership thru public service. She is passionately invested in strengthening student success thru civic engagement, capitalizing on the unique interests and skill sets individuals bring to their community. I currently focus on American National Government coursework, but also teach State & Local Government, Political Parties and Elections, Constitutional Theory & Ethics. Equal access to civil liberties and citizenship development for all students continues to be a priority for me.

I have a B.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, and an L.L.M in Law & Government from American University Washington College of Law. I have a life long commitment to civic engagement.  At the age of 15, I served as a U.S. Senatorial Page for U.S. Senator Carl Levin (MI) and went on to work in local and state government including the Detroit City Council, serving as a Policy Analyst for Michigan’s Governor Engler & as Counsel to Lt. Governor Posthumus.  I worked for U.S. Senator Abraham (MI) and served as Committee Clerk for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Sub-Committee on Immigration. My desire to serve the public led her to advance advocacy efforts of nonprofits including the American Heart Association & American Cancer Association. I have also been involved in a number of local and state campaigns, serving in a variety of capacities.  Before teaching at St. Petersburg College, I taught at Eastern Michigan University, Mississippi College and Eckerd College. I am a graduate of St. Petersburg College’s Leadership SPC program and the Florida Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar.

I have served on a number of public policy panels, including the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions  “Deciphering Florida’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments” and “Immigration: Is the Melting Pot Boiling Over”.  She has appeared on St. Petersburg College’s Wellness Show and hosts workshops and seminars college wide to further the understanding of service and community investment. 

My TedX Talk “The Constitution: Its Personal” highlights my interest in developing students diverse citizenship and has served as a catalyst for a different understanding of the US Constitutions relationship to the individual.

Committed to the St. Petersburg area, I volunteer for a number of community organizations with my three beautiful kids and beloved dog Francis.

I will do my best to encourage and cultivate your critical thinking skills and arm you with the tools to be successful, academically and personally.


Office Schedule

Half hour before/after class or by appointment

Tutoring Availability

I am happy to meet you outside of class as your schedule demands. Please email me to set a date and time.

Classroom Schedule

Classes shown below are for the current term: Summer Term 2016 (0515)

POS 2041   #0931
DT DC224
10:30 am - 12:45 pm
POS 2041   #0642
DT DC224
8:00 am - 10:15 am
POS 2041   #0931
DT DC224
10:30 am - 12:45 pm
POS 2041   #0642
DT DC224
8:00 am - 10:15 am

Subjects Taught

Political Science

Course Schedule

= Tara Newsom has added information specific to this course. (syllabus, video, class meeting times, etc.)

Summer Term 2016 arrow 0515
  POS 2041   American National Government 0642DTFace-to-Face5/16/167/22/16
  POS 2041   American National Government 0931DTFace-to-Face5/16/167/22/16
Spring Term 2016 arrow 0510
  POS 2041   American National Government 0549DTFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  POS 2041   American National Government 0788DTFace-to-Face2/08/165/06/16
  POS 2041   American National Government 2074DTFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16
  POS 2041   American National Government 2551DTOnline1/11/165/06/16
  POS 2041   American National Government 3096DTFace-to-Face1/11/165/06/16