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.
We discover, research, and build new skills to advance solutions and remain competitive.
We reach across networks and organizations to achieve maximum results.
We are efficient, tenacious experts who get stuff done.
We are purposeful, hardworking professionals who energize, engage, and inspire others.
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.
Discover your leadership style and prepare yourself to take on more leadership roles.
The inaugural cohort—four ventures from the community and two student-run—will receive $10,000 equity-free stipends as well as mentorship and founder-centric programming.
TU's commitment to inspiring and developing entrepreneurs and women leaders is key to the yearlong women’s entrepreneurial mentorship program's move to TU.
Lifelong learners reconnect through weekly online lectures, meetings and so much more during pandemic.
Join Van Brooks, Towson University alumnus, Baltimore City native, and founder and executive director of Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc. (SAFE) for a discussion on SAFE's current work, the development of their new workforce development center, and how community members can create the change needed to end racism, discrimination, and injustice.
Towson University has developed a two-day program to build leaders who can motivate and engage a diverse workforce and create and sustain cultures of inclusion.
Based on independent research and a series of round tables, the Regional Economic Studies Institute developed four policy briefs that present potential solutions to regional disparities—food insecurity, public education, access to employment, and transit.