The Office of the Provost hosts a number of workshops, programs, and events which
are intended to enhance the professional and personal development of faculty and staff.
About Our Events
In additional to providing development opportunities for current faculty and staff
within Academic Affairs, the Office of the Provost is also responsible for planning
and executing many celebratory events for the division and campus as a whole.
Our retired faculty are a very important part of our university community, and the
Office of the Provost, continues to support our recently formed TU Retired Faculty Association (TURFA) which fosters an ongoing relationship with retired faculty and librarians
to provide opportunities to share information, experiences, scholarship, service and
social engagement with TU and the surrounding community.
There are a variety of annual events hosted by the Office of the Provost as well as
additional workshops/meetings offered throughout the year.
The January Conference is an annual event which provides faculty and librarians with the opportunity for
professional development, to learn about new and innovative teaching strategies, and
to obtain updates on key academic initiatives.
The PTRM Workshop is an annual event which provides faculty with information and guidance on the promotion
and tenure process, as well as the opportunity to share feedback on current practices
and procedures. This spring's workshop will be held on Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 in the
University Union Potomac Lounge.
Senior Colleagues' Reception
This is a celebration of those newly tenured and/or promoted faculty and librarians
hosted every spring. This year's event will take place on Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 in the South Campus Pavilion. This event is by invitation only.
George Thompson Workshops
Twice a year, the Provost invites George Thompson, publisher in residence, to visit campus to meet with faculty for the purpose of
assisting with their scholarship initiatives.
"George Thompson offered extremely valuable feedback on some of my articles and my
book project. He pointed out the strengths of my work, and I was able to plan a timeline
for the completion of my two articles."
"I have a number of projects in the works in different disciplines, so his advice
on places to approach with my work has been quite useful."
"I prepared and submitted a book prospectus which was reviewed by Mr. Thompson. After
sending out letters of inquiry, I was offered and accepted a contract with a leading
"I am an associate professor with a book idea and another completed manuscript. Mr.
Thompson was able to steer me toward the University press director who would ultimately
say he wants to publish my book. I did this because of the specific, step-by-step
advice that Mr. Thompson gave, the publishers he suggested, names he gave me, and
the approach he recommended."
George Thompson will return to campus in September 2018 for another group session
and individual appointments. Contact provostevents AT_TOWSON for more information.
Retired Faculty Brunch
This annual event provides an opportunity for our retired faculty to return to campus
to visit with each other and to stay on top of any changes and new initiatives of
New Faculty Institute
The Office of the Provost offers a battery of orientation materials and programs to
its new faculty each year. There are many different sessions with various objectives
to help acclimate our faculty to campus, and there are also opportunities for them
to bond with their colleagues. Learn more about the New Faculty Institute .
Commencement is the most exciting time on campus, and the Office of the Provost, along with many
key departments and individuals, is responsible for planning and executing nine ceremonies
annually. Six ceremonies are held each May and three ceremonies are held each December.
Convocation is a ceremony commemorating the inclusion of new students at the university
and the start of the academic year. Literally a “calling together,” the Convocation
assembles key elements of the University community: new students, faculty, deans,
officers of the university, the provost, and the president. The Office of the Provost
and Division of Student Affairs jointly plan this event each August.
The Office of the Provost interfaces with many departments and individuals all over
the campus to achieve the goal of successful event planning. Learn more about some
of our important contacts and resources below.
Please note that additional departments assist with other special events and in special
Event and Conference Services (ECS)
The Event & Conference Services department is responsible for reserving space on campus for events as well as the
set-up, technology, and breakdown needs of events. We recommend for faculty/staff
to check out their event planning guide to assist with planning events within your departments.
Black & Gold Catering
Black & Gold Catering is the university caterer that we use for all catered events. Their menu options
can be found online, but they can provide special requested items as well.
Parking & Transportation Services should be contacted for any event needing special parking or guest parking for events.
As appropriate, they can also provide shuttle service and/or greeters for events for
an additional cost.