Faculty & Staff Resources

At its core, BTU—Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore is dedicated to supporting, aligning, and elevating collaborations between Towson University and its multitude of community partners. To do this, opportunities abound for TU faculty and staff to tap into these efforts to better support and sustain their community engagement and partnership efforts.


While there is no one-way to facilitate and navigate partnerships, below are some tips to consider as you work with your community engagement partners.

Tips for navigating partnerships

Communication

Involve your partner in the planning and decision making processes related to your collaboration. Stay in touch regularly and make sure that you are not only communicating progress and next steps, but also asking for and addressing the needs of the partner and identifying each other’s roles and responsibilities.

Feedback

All partners captured within the BTU Database will be asked to provide feedback on their partnership with TU at the end of each academic year. This feedback will be provided to the associated TU faculty and/or staff. However, it's helpful to request feedback from your partners on an ongoing basis to measure successes and determine areas of improvement.

Explore new opportunities

There are a great deal of resources, needs, and expertise across campus. Be open to brainstorming new collaboration ideas with your partner, to expand beyond your college or division.

 Fulfilling commitments
 

A lot of planning and follow through is involved in the development of partnerships, on both sides. If you make a commitment to a partner, be sure to see it through. If any unexpected changes come up along the way, communicate them quickly with your partner.


Partnership Management & Internal Support

The Office of Partnerships & Outreach serves as the front door of the university for external partners and makes connections between TU faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders. The BTU Team is here to support you in your community engagement efforts. If you would like to explore and further discuss your community engagement and partnership needs within the following areas, .

  • Strategic management of existing partnerships
  • Expanding partnerships to other colleges/divisions
  • Initiating new partnerships
  • Data collection and utilization
  • Developing partnership agreements to outline goals, tasks, and timelines
  • Marketing, communication, and storytelling support
  • Navigating community engagement within your current role