Towson University is partnering with health-care companies and support groups to create Smart Health applications that improve the well-being and lives of individuals and their families. Examples of apps include: Portable Assistive App to Improve Independence for People with Autism, ProCare: A Proactive Real-Time Solution for Asthma Care and Management, and ARMStroke: A Mobile App for Everyday Stroke Rehabilitation.
Towson University is host to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Abuse (ATOD) Prevention Center, which has been in existence since 1990. The goal of the Center is to reduce risk-taking behaviors associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. The ATOD Prevention Center is an important partner in the university’s overall goal of reducing risk-taking behaviors associated that compromise student safety and academic success.
Faculty members in Towson University’s Department of Kinesiology are performing research on a wide variety of topics. This research addresses relevant issues facing various populations across the state and even the world. Their findings can be directly applied to individuals and organizations in order to enhance understanding of human movement as it relates to them. The two featured research projects are “Measuring Head Impact in Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse” and “Assessing the Effects of high altitude exposure on human physiology.”
The Deaf Studies Program at TU connects with the community in a variety of ways. Students from the program have the opportunity to work directly with deaf populations through internships, service-learning, and independent study courses. Undergraduate students also perform research on important issues facing deaf individuals. In addition to curricular opportunities, students connect with the deaf community through the American Sign Language Club and the ASL Residential Community, which both bring in guest speakers and performers on deaf-related topics. Faculty members also provide training to area organizations, such as fire departments, about how to work with deaf people in emergency situations.
Towson University, through an Improving Teacher Quality Grant with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, has developed a replicable model for the professional development of in-service teachers. This model integrates Universal Design for Learning principles, literacy in the content areas, STEM curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards, and new accountability standards. The model uses a five-pronged approach: Learn, Apply, Support, Reflect, and Lead.
Food access and food equity are pressing issues, not only in the Baltimore area, but across the country. Towson University’s College of Health Professions is working to raise awareness of these issues and work towards solutions. The department is doing this through a variety of research and initiatives on topics such as community gardens and food deserts.
The Consumer Behavior Analysis course in the College of Business and Economics teaches students how to examine the buying behavior of individuals and organizations. The students then have the opportunity to apply what they have learned with real-world clients, such as the Town of Port Deposit, Mazda, and McCormick. These partnerships create service-learning projects that benefit students, the University, and the external community.
The Glen Arboretum at Towson University is a treasured campus and community resource located adjacent to Smith and Van Bokkelen Halls. It was dedicated in 1936 to provide an educational experience for students in the Baltimore region. The Glen Arboretum offers many opportunities to the campus and community, such as tree planting, walking tours, the Challenge Course, educational presentations, and research projects.
AileyCamp provides youth from Baltimore and surrounding areas, between the ages of 11 and 14, with an opportunity to explore their creativity, master their bodies, and strengthen their respect for themselves and others within a supportive framework. TU’s College of Fine Arts and Communications also offers a variety of other summer camps for area children, including art and dance.
In partnership with manufacturing organizations around the state, the 3D Object Lab is bringing digital prototyping and rapid manufacturing to the region. The Object Lab is a state of the art digital fabrication facility that provides students access to technologies across the entire digital fabrication ecosystem. Students can learn various CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs, 3D scanning, 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling. The lab is dedicated to not only teaching students about these technologies, but introducing new ways of thinking about technology and collaborating with partners across campus and across the region.
TU’s Department of Theatre Arts works closely with area schools to enhance the cultural vitality of the region and to expose children to theatre and the arts from a young age. The Towson Theatre Infusion program pairs undergraduate theatre majors with area high school students to teach them the art and craft of theatre. The students then get the opportunity to see a production and discuss their reactions with TU undergraduate Theatre majors. The Reading Encouragement Program educates theatre majors to use theatre as a tool to inspire third-graders to be lifelong readers. TU Theatre students use storytelling techniques to work with third graders to improve their reading skills.
The Towson University Center for Professional Studies is committed to developing customized workforce training programs for clients within the government and corporate sector designed to address critical skill gaps. Drawing upon the talent of faculty, staff, and a broad network of alumni, we identify experienced subject matter experts to develop and deliver dynamic training programs to enhance productivity and efficiency within your workforce. With a flexible delivery model including in-person and remote training, we can adapt to meet the needs of your staff regardless of location.
TU is deeply committed to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation through the TU Entrepreneur Experience, which involves the TU Incubator and the Student Launch Pad. The TU Incubator, Towson University’s business incubator, serves as an entrepreneurial resource and activity hub inside and outside of Towson University. Education Technology (EdTech) is a main area of focus, and the TU Incubator is uniquely positioned to help companies succeed by leveraging the University’s resources and expertise in education. The Student Launch Pad at Towson University facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between academics, student life, and our larger community to encourage Towson students to create enterprise as innovators, agents of change, and scholars.
This program, designed by business and community leaders, addresses the critical challenges that women face in the workplace. This experience blends professional and personal discovery with hands-on practical experiential learning and features recognized leaders and experts. The program attracts women from across industry, government, and nonprofit sectors and features session topics such as communication, navigating organizational culture and politics, conflict resolution, negotiation, and networking.
This project creates a new model for professional development schools that strengthens and extends partnerships with local and regional school districts. Currently, TU is working in partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools to establish a model Professional Development School Learning Center at Halstead Academy. Once this model is fully operational, the instructional and teacher preparation practices will be spread to nearby BCPS schools.