We advance Towson University’s role as an economic engine.
One of six administrative divisions at TU, the Division of Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research is the business and public engagement arm of Towson University. We open the doors of the university to solve pressing problems, further community collaboration, expand learning opportunities, and generate economic development.
Leveraging the combined expertise of a 70+ person team, we strengthen Maryland's communities and address opportunities and challenges; create engagement and enrichment opportunities for individuals and organizations; and solve real problems facing our region alongside the business, nonprofit, and government sectors.
Under the leadership of President Kim Schatzel and Vice President Daraius Irani, the Division is positioned to lead the way by doing what we do, and have always done, exceptionally well—putting the knowledge and resources of Towson University to work for the communities it serves.
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.
Problem Solvers—Doers who say “Let's figure it out”
We are efficient, effective, and energetic professionals who work with our partners to help them achieve their 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.
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 through 2022.
Through partnerships, Towson University is making positive impacts and transforming lives throughout Greater Baltimore.
With over 700 members, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at TU offers adults 50+ academic, social, and cultural enrichment opportunities.
Are you an ambitious professional interested in expanding knowledge, leadership capabilities, and professional reach in order to take the next step in her career?
12:00–1:30 p.m. at LA 3150
Explore best practices of community engagement using successful examples as a framework and active discussions to explore community engagement at TU.
8:00 a.m–1:00 p.m. at West Village Commons
Join the Regional Economic Studies Institute for its annual forum on Maryland's economy.
Applications and supporting materials are due November 16 to join one of Greater Baltimore’s top-rated leadership programs.
The Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University reports on human development issues in detail, and identifies three strategies for working towards inclusive human development growth in Baltimore City, including expanding access to a healthy lifestyle, matching school resources to specific student needs, and reducing inequalities in economic opportunity.