Engagement & Event Resources

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. 

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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.

Annual Events 

There are a variety of annual events hosted by the Office of the Provost as well as additional workshops/meetings offered throughout the year. 

January Conference

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. 

PTRM Workshop

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 Faculty Testimonials 

Learn why Towson University faculty value meeting with George Thompson, our Publisher-in-Residence.

  • "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 academic press."
  • "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  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 the university.

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.

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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.

Event Resources

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 circumstances. 

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.

Office of the President

The Office of the President manages the attendance of the President at all campus events.  A Presidential Appearance Request Form must be completed by anyone planning an event and wishing for her to attend.

Parking & Transportation Services

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.