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.
Are you an ambitious professional interested in expanding knowledge, leadership capabilities, and professional reach in order to take the next step in her career?
Interactive mapping tools make it easy for non-profits to emphasize connections to their communities.
A STEM Day field trip provides opportunity for future teachers to engage with the students they hope to one day teach.
Check out these key takeaways from a recent panel on navigating RFPs hosted by TU Incubator and Sylvan Learning.
West Village Commons
The Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum brings together leaders in business, workforce, and education to find common ground for where transformation and innovation can occur. It is a place to collaborate and to find solutions for the workforce and economic challenges facing our institutions and our state.
1:00–2:00 p.m. in AD 424
Learn about Building STEPS—a non-profit located right here at Towson University—dedicated to Baltimore City high school student college and career success. Discover how they are already working across colleges and divisions at TU and explore new opportunities to get involved and collaborate across campus.
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.