The Division's Applied Research and Technical Services includes GIS, Economic and Policy Analysis, Business Analysis and Management Consulting, IT Hosting and Application Development, Integrated Marketing Services, and Website Development. We focus on being flexible, relevant, and integrated within the University and community to ensure that our collaborative solutions are focused on solving the critical issues facing Maryland’s workforce and economy. Our external client base includes federal agencies, state agencies, county and local governments, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies.
With its unique proximity to the nation’s capital and national defense agencies, Towson University is a leader in Cybersecurity Education for citizens in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Due to the excellent curriculum and faculty expertise in Cybersecurity, Towson University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security since 2002. Opportunities include TU's Cyber Defense Team, Cyber Corps scholarships, and cybersecurity programs available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The SPLASH Program allows high school girls to earn college credit and prepares them for pursuing degrees in computer science or cybersecurity.
White Gloves Sessions is an adaptable model that shares our “special collections” in the community and is accompanied by a curator’s talk, artifacts, and informational materials. We’re flipping the archive model by taking items that are traditionally only available under very secure conditions out into the community. Think of it as a chance to Hold History in your Hands. Our Sessions can accompany an existing event you are hosting or be a stand-alone event. The University’s Collection is very large and diverse so we can really develop an exhibit for just about any topic.
Through the Honors College Kiva Initiative (HoCKI), the Honors College helps to pull impoverished people around the world out of their dire situations and give them hope and access to opportunities. Students participating in the Honors College Kiva Initiative learn about countries all over the world—picking a geographic region of focus each semester--the people there, and how to help them. Through fundraising, the students are able to make several small loans to the people they have identified through Kiva. As borrowers repay the loans, students are able to reinvest the funds in other regions of the world.
The Towson University Center for Professional Studies is committed to developing customized workforce training programs for clients within the government and corporate sector designed to address critical skill gaps. Drawing upon the talent of faculty, staff, and a broad network of alumni, we identify experienced subject matter experts to develop and deliver dynamic training programs to enhance productivity and efficiency within your workforce. With a flexible delivery model including in-person and remote training, we can adapt to meet the needs of your staff regardless of location.
In partnership with manufacturing organizations around the state, the 3D Object Lab is bringing digital prototyping and rapid manufacturing to the region. The Object Lab is a state of the art digital fabrication facility that provides students access to technologies across the entire digital fabrication ecosystem. Students can learn various CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs, 3D scanning, 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling. The lab is dedicated to not only teaching students about these technologies, but introducing new ways of thinking about technology and collaborating with partners across campus and across the region.
The Department of Family Studies and Community Development requires students to participate in service-learning courses and internships in preparation for the human services major. Students serve in a variety of programs including public schools, assisted living communities, neighborhood centers, and many non-profits in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County area. These community partnerships have provided a rich opportunity to complete interesting service projects for the agencies and to engage the students with unique learning opportunities.
The Towson University Career Center assists students and recent alumni with their career planning and implementation. The Career Center works to connect students with career opportunities through the Hire@TU database, career fairs, a blog, and more. The Career Center has many resources for employers to connect with the university in order to find interns and employees for their organizations.
The Consumer Behavior Analysis course in the College of Business and Economics teaches students how to examine the buying behavior of individuals and organizations. The students then have the opportunity to apply what they have learned with real-world clients, such as Mazda and McCormick. Additionally, organizations that need professional marketing support can utilize the Office of External Affair's marketing team for website design and development, print material design, event marketing and planning, and video production services.
Operation STAT is an experiential approach to disaster readiness through simulation that provides unique learning opportunities for Towson University students, faculty and the local community alike. This event simulates an emergency scenario for dozens of nursing students who “treat” victims suffering from simulated injuries.
The Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder is an applied professional program designed to meet the needs related to educating students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program currently has graduate students enrolled in four different cohorts in Baltimore, Harford, Howard, and Carroll Counties. This master of education degree program is designed for professionals who currently hold certification in special education or a related field such as psychology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and social work.
TowsonGlobal is Towson University’s business incubator for early-stage companies. The Incubator provides support to small businesses and to students in order to help them grow and succeed in a competitive global market. TowsonGlobal is also focusing on education and is leveraging entrepreneurs to support educators.
In 2008, Dr. Seigel and his research team discovered a nesting map turtle population at a busy marina along the banks of Maryland's Susquehanna River. Since discovering the turtles, the researchers have worked tirelessly to study and strengthen the population in Port Deposit. In 2013, a partnership was formed between the Town of Port Deposit and Towson University based on the principles of conservation, education, research, and economic development. The Town and the University are working together to strengthen Port Deposit through an economic revitalization plan.
The Wavyleaf Basketgrass Mapping project is a collaboration between the biology and computer science departments to develop a citizen science initiative to map the location of wavyleaf basketgrass, a nasty invasive species that is attacking Patapsco State Park.
The An Evening Debut: Honor the Synergy connects the National Honors Society Dance Arts (NHSDA) students in the TU Community Dance program and the TU Department of Dance with an area professional dance company, Deep Vision Dance Company (DVDC). It showcases the educational progression of how TU prepares middle/high school students for collegiate level dance composition with the guidance of DVDC, TU, and TU majors. Students attend a workshop, where they are given a variety of new choreographic tools. Students are then invited to participate in a celebratory evening of choreography and they present a self-choreographic study to NHSDA TU dance majors.
As a Project ASTRO site institution, Towson University (TU) is responsible for recruiting educator and astronomer partners and for bringing them together for an annual workshop. At the workshop, partners are provided with materials from the ASP, and they learn how to forge effective collaborations, how to make use of local astronomy resources, and how to implement hands-on, inquiry-based astronomy activities in their classrooms.
The Dresser is a joint project between Towson University and the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. A TU faculty member has worked with the theatre to design costumes for the production of “The Dresser”. Faculty members have also designed sets and lighting for the show.
Millions of people in Latin America and increasing numbers around the world are enrolled in conditional cash transfer programs that provide payments to mothers as long as children stay in school and the family gets regular health checkups. While these programs have increased schooling, they have a mixed record as far as improving child health. Two of our recent papers have identified factors limiting program effectiveness at improving children’s health. This work is ongoing and funders have included the Inter-American Development Bank and the British Department of International Development.