The Division includes a team of 70 expert researchers, technologists, and outreach
professionals who create customized solutions that are focused on solving the critical
issues facing Maryland's workforce and economy.
Formed in 2004, the Division of Innovation and Applied Research creates a culture
of innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem solving that helps to make TU a community-engaged
university. By cultivating leadership and embracing people, ideas, talent, and technology,
the Division advances research, creates experiential learning, fosters continuing
education, and supports entrepreneurial initiatives. In addition, through meaningful
partnerships and outreach, the Division connects the external community with the talent
and resources of Towson University.
The Division is guided by five core values that influence the decisions and actions
taken by the Division when interacting with its staff, clients, stakeholders, community,
and the University. Each day, we aim to reflect our core values into all we do and
PROACTIVE—Doers Who Say "Yes"
We are efficient, effective, and energetic problem solvers who work with our partners
to help them achieve goals and identify new opportunities for impact.
TRUSTWORTHY—People with High Integrity
We reliably respond to partners' needs and are transparent as to how easy or hard
it might be to attain qualified goals. Our decisions and outcomes are always driven
by data and experience.
INNOVATIVE—Creatives Who Listen and Adapt
We are resilient professionals who find creative solutions to tough problems and adapt
to the inevitable hurdles along the way.
COLLABORATIVE—Team Players Who Lean In
We are supportive of each other and our partners. We reach across our networks and
organizations to achieve maximum results.
PASSIONATE—Professionals Who Love What We Do
We are purposeful, mission-driven professionals who see projects through to fruition
and assist partners in hitting the next milestone.
In 2016, the Division undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process to develop
goals and strategies. Five work groups, made up of 50% TU faculty and staff, 40% Division
staff, and 10% external partners, created goals with measurable objectives and identified
resources necessary to carry out these goals. The resulting goals will guide the Division
- Goal 1: Support TU academic endeavors, operations and administration, and external outreach.
- Goal 2: Position TU as the regional leader in professional education.
- Goal 3: Provide improved access to TU for community partners.
- Goal 4: Elevate TU as a nationally-recognized university for applied research.
- Goal 5: Advance TU as a national leader in education technology (ed tech) innovation.