VINITA AGARWAL, PhD                                                       

EDUCATION

Ph.D. (2009).                                      Brian Lamb School of Communication. Purdue University, USA

M. A. (2004).                                                  University of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of Communication, USA

M. A. (1991).                                      Mass Communication Research Center. New Delhi, India.

B. Sc. Physics (Hons.) (1989).           Physics Department, Miranda House. Delhi University. India.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

2015—Present Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Arts, Salisbury University (SU).

2010–2015                  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication Arts, Salisbury University.

2009–2010                  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication, University of Louisville.

2006–2009                  Graduate Teaching Assistant and Lecturer, Purdue University.

2004–2006                  Graduate Research Assistant and Instructor, Purdue University.

2002–2004                  Graduate Teaching Asst, Teaching and Research Assistant, UIC.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Teaching Learning Council: Chair-Elect (NCA Executive Leadership, 2020)
  • Co-Guest Associate Editor, Communicating for Social Justice in Health Contexts: Creating Opportunities for Inclusivity Among Marginalized Groups, Frontiers in Communication (Health Communication) (2019)
  • Vice-Chair: Feminist and Women’s Studies Division, NCA (2019–2020)
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC): SU At-Large Representative (‘18–‘20)
  • Council of University System Faculty (CUSF): SU Alternate Member (2018–2020)
  • Reviewer Panel: Journal of Advanced Nursing (Summer 2018–present)
  • Review Editor: Frontiers in Health Communication (2016—present)
  • Editorial Board Member: Western Journal of Communication, Vol 77, 2013
  • Editorial Assistant; New Media and Society (2002-2004)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research: Member (2018–present), UMD, Maryland USA
  • National Ayurvedic Medical Association, member (2019–present).
  • International Association of Yoga Therapists, general member (2018–present)
  • National Communication Association, professional association membership
  • International Communication Association, professional association membership

SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS

2017–2018                  Honors College Faculty Fellow (inaugural cohort), SU

2017-2018                   PACE Faculty Fellow

2016­–2017                  Founding Director,Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (OURCA), Salisbury University, Maryland USA

AWARDS AND HONORS

  1. 2019. Excellence in Scholarship. Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Salisbury University
  2. 2018. Top Paper Award. Applied Communication Division, NCA
  3. 2014. Top Paper Award. Organizational & Professional Communication Division, CSCA.     
  4. 2014. Top Two Paper Award. Health Communication Division. ECA.
  5. 2011. Top Three Paper Award. Health Communication Division, ECA.
  6. 2010. University System of Maryland Women’s Foundation Faculty Research Award.
  7. 2008. Summer Dissertation Research Grant, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue
  8. 2008, Alan H. Monroe Scholar. Research productivity recognition as graduate student. Purdue
  9. 2005. Top Four Paper Award. Human Communication and Technology Division, NCA. 

GRANTS

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), AREA R15 (Oct. 2018; not funded). Developing and Testing an Instrument for Integrated Self-Reflexivity for Meditation Practices in Chronic Pain Management.
  • Building Research Excellence grant. 2017. ($9,256). Office of Graduate Studies and Research, Salisbury University. Assessing the CAM Therapeutic Relationship in Breast Cancer Survivors: Furthering Patient-Centered Care in Integrative Medicine
  • Faculty Mini-Grant. 2016. ($2,300). Office of Graduate Studies and Research. SU. How does my tan look? Understanding the influence of peer and expert source in comparative tanning risk perception among college students.
  • Faculty Mini-Grant. 2014. ($1,897.95). Office of Graduate Studies and Research. SU. “I Trust You in Pain and Health”: Treatment Adherence in Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients.
  • Faculty Mini-Grant. 2011. ($2,395). Office of Graduate Studies and Research. SU. Does Community Media Belong to the Community?: Case Study of Women’s Practices from an Urban Resettlement Neighborhood in India.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2019. Vipassana Meditation (10 Day). Vipassana International Academy, Igatpuri, Maharashtra, India

CERTIFICATES

2019. Advanced Course in Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition. International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune, Maharashtra, India

2019. Ayurveda for Health Practitioners Certificate, Maharishi University of Management. USA (70 hrs)

2017. Regression and Mediation Analysis using MPlus (Bengt Muthen and Marten Schultzberg). Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. USA

2017. Structural Equation Modeling Winter Institute, Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research, University of Maryland. USA

2016. Ayurveda Wellness Educator Certificate, Maharishi University of Management, USA (Level 1)

INVITED TALKS

2020. INVITED GUEST LECTURE: PENINSULA REGIONAL CLINICALLY INTEGRATED NETWORK (PRINC).

  1. Agarwal, V. (February 21, 2020). Communication that counts. Primary care office care coordinator staff training event talk: Patient engagement and education. PRINC, INC.

2019. INVITED TALK: NCA

  1. Agarwal, V. (November 2019). Writing and maintaining an academic CV: Effectively Representing Credentials, Contributions, and Accomplishments. Job Talk Series, NCA. Baltimore

2018. INVITED WEBINAR TALK: AYURVEDA

  1. Agarwal, V. (October 2018). Post-Cancer Treatment: Follow-up and Recurrence. Talk given to students and professional practitioners at the Ayurvedic Healing Institute, California.

PROFESSIONAL NEWSLETTER MENTIONS

  1. NCA (Jan. 9, 2020). 5 questions with Vinita Agarwal. NCA Inside & Out. Retrieved from: https://www.natcom.org/nca-inside-out/5-questions-vinita-agarwal
  2. 2019 NCA Prep Talks: Writing and Maintaining an academic CV. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzl5BXOgLjs
  3. August 2019. Relieving pain in America.Special Acknowledgments. Center for Advanced Chronic Pain Research Newsletter. University of Maryland, Baltimore. Retrieved from https://myemail.constantcontact.com/August-2019–Updates-from-UM-CACPR.html?soid=1109864928261&aid=6nHinW2Uzho

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS: MONOGRAPHS AND JOURNAL ARTICLES

BOOK (RESEARCH MONOGRAPHS)

PRE-PUBLICATION

Agarwal, V. (pre-publication; 2020). An Ecology of Wholeness: Medical Humanism, Chronic Illness, and the Fractured Body. New York: Lexington Books

REVISE AND RESUBMIT

  1. Agarwal, V. (2020).

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  1. Agarwal, V. (2020). The semi-structured interviewing method in a qualitative study examining complementary and alternative medicine provders’ knowledge discourse. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine & Health. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781529715989 Retrieved from: https://methods.sagepub.com/case/semi-structured-interviewing-method-study-alternative-medicine-discourse
  • Agarwal, V. (2018). Reconceptualizing pain through patient-centered care in the complementary and alternative medicine therapeutic relationship. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74(10), 2406–2415. doi:10.1111/jan.13734. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29869813
  • Agarwal, V. (2018). The provider’s body in the therapeutic relationship: How complementary and alternative medicine providers describe their work as healers. Health Communication, 34(11), 1350-1358. doi:10.1080/10410236.2018.1489201. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29924639
  • Agarwal, V. (2018). Complementary and alternative medicine provider knowledge of holistic health. Frontiers in Health Communication, 3, 15. doi:10.3389/fcomm.2018.00015. Retrieved from: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomm.2018.00015/full
  • Agarwal, V. (2018). Taking care, bringing life: A poststructuralist feminist analysis of maternal discourses of mothers and dai’s in India. Health Communication, 33(18), 423–432. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2016.1278492
  • Agarwal, V. (2017). Breaking boundaries: Complementary and alternative medicine practitioner communicative framing of preventive care. Qualitative Health Research, 27, 2019–2029. doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732317723891
  • Agarwal, V. (2016). Mainstreaming disaster-relief service-learning in communication departments: Integrating pedagogy, praxis, and engagement. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 35(1), 25–42.
  • Agarwal, V., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2016). Performing resilience labor to reintegrate after disaster.Communication Currents, 11 (1), 1–3. Retrieved fromhttps://www.natcom.org/communication-currents/performing-resilience-labor-reintegrate-after-disaster
  • Agarwal, V., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2015). Communicative re-construction of resilience labor: Identity/identification in disaster-relief workers. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43, 408–428. doi:10.1080/00909882.2015.1083602.
  • Agarwal, V. (2014).A/H1N1 Vaccine intentions in college students: An application of the theory of planned behavior. Journal of American College Health, 62, 416–424. doi:10.1080/07448481.2014.917650.
  • Agarwal, V. (2013). Investigating the construct validity of organizational trust. Journal of Communication Management, 17, 24–39. doi:10.1108/13632541311300133.
  • Agarwal, V. (2011). Investigating the contribution of benefits and barriers on mammography intentions of middle class urban Indian women: An exploratory study. Communication Research Reports, 28, 1–9. doi:11080/08824096.2011.586254.
  • D’Silva, M.U., Leichty, G.B., & Agarwal, V. (2011). Cultural representations of        HIV/AIDS in Indian print media. Intercultural Communication Studies, 20, 75–88.
  • Agarwal, V., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2008, Lead article). Trialectics of migrant and global representation: Real, imaginary, and online spaces of empowerment in Cybermohalla. WesternJournalofCommunication, 72, 331–348. doi:10.1080/10570310802445975.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  1. Agarwal, V. (2019). Accepted abstracts. Integrating yoga therapy prniciples in breast cancer survivorship follow-up care: Tailoring Patanjali’s sutras to empower, restore, and heal. International Journal of Yoga      Therapy, 29,Supplement 2,  22—46. doi:https://doi.org/10.17761/1531-2054.29.s2.1 Received scholarship ($250 from IAYT to support conference travel).
  2. Agarwal, V. (2018). Conference abstracts. Reconceptualizing Pain Through Patient-Centered Care in the Complementary and Alernative Medicine Therapeutic Relationship. International Congress for Integrative Medicine & Health, Global Advances in Health & Medicine, 8, 2164956119872568https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6153547/  
  3. Agarwal, V. (2018). Conference abstracts. Facilitating Provider-Patient Interdependence in Integrative Medicine for Patient-Centered Care: Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapeutic Relationships. International Congress for Integrative Medicine & Health. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 8, 2164956119872568. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6153547/  

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Agarwal, V. (2014). Investigating the convergent validity of organizational trust. In R.L. Heath & A.Gregory (Eds.), Strategic communication, Vol.III. Discursive and dialogic organizations and the stakeholder view: Social Constructionism and Functional Perspectives. Sage.
  2. D’Silva, M.U., Agarwal, V., Sohn, S.H., & Sharma, V. (2014). Urbanization and strategic health communication in India. In C.C.Okigbo (Ed.), “Strategic urban health communication” (pp. 159–172). New York: Springer Science+Business Media. doi:10.10007/978-1-4614-9335-8_13.
  3. Agarwal, V., & Shenoy, S. (2013). On the evolution of togetherness and living with two hearts. In S. Murrow and D. Leoutsakas (Eds.), More than blood: Today’s reality and tomorrow’s vision of family (pp. 164–173). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
  4. Agarwal, V., D’Silva, M.U., & Leichty, G.B. (2013). Disease, representation, and public relations: A discourse analysis of HIV/AIDS websites. In R. Ahmed and B. R. Bates (Ed.), Health communication and mass media: An integrated approach to policy and practice (pp. 51–65). Surrey, England: Gower Publishing Ltd.
  5. Agarwal, V., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2008). Spatial narratives of the local: Bringing the basti center-stage. In R. Gajjala & V. Gajjala (Eds.), South Asian Technospaces (pp. 123–134). New York: Peter Lang.
  6. Agarwal, V., & Stewart, C.J. (2007). A frame analysis of privacy regulation in an international arena: Understanding interdependency in a globalized world. In K. St. Amant (Ed.), Linguistic and cultural online issues in the global age (pp. 214–237). Hershey, PA: Ideas Press.

CONFERENCES

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (UPCOMING)

  1. Agarwal, V. (May, 2020). Nature, Cycles, and Balance in Ethnomedicine: Ayurvedic Protocols in the Treatment of Chronic Pain. 70thInternational Communication Association Conference, Melbourne, Australia. (pending funding).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (Refereed; *funded in part)

  1. Agarwal, V. (2019). Integrating yoga therapy principles in breast cancer survivorship follow-up        care: Tailoring Patanjali’s sutras to empower, restore, and heal. Symposium in Yoga Research,        IAYT Kripalu Center, MA.
  2. Agarwal, V. (2019). Embodied subjectivity in multiple sclerosis diagnosis and prognosis communication: Patient narratives constituting awareness and body acceptance. National Communication Association (Health Communication), 14–17 November. Baltimore.
  3. Agarwal, V. (2019). Examining descriptions of chronic pain to understand the relationship of the     body and the self in complementary and alternative medicine patient narratives as transformative.         National Communication Association (Applied Communication), 14–17 November. Baltimore.
  4. Agarwal, V. (2019).(Re)defining breast cancer survivorship as embodied space of “we”: How         complementary and alternative medicine providers promote body acceptance. International Consortium of Complementary and Medical Research, 7–10 May. Brisbane, Australia. (Not travel to present)
  5. Agarwal, V. (2019).Unpacking the elusive dimensionality of “spirituality” based on patient description      of experiences during complementary and alternative medicine treatment of pain. International Consortium of Complementary and Medical Research, 7–10 May. Brisbane, Australia. (Not travel to present)
  6. Agarwal, V. (2019). Patient communication of chronic pain in the complementary and alternative medicine therapeutic relationship. 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference. Washington D.C. May 24–28, 2019.
  7. Agarwal, V. (2018). Epistemologies of CAM knowledge providers discourse. Top Paper, Applied Communication Division. NCA, Salt Lake City, UT, Nov. 7–11.
  8. Agarwal, V. (2018). Spirituality as a mechanism in complementary and alternative medicine for reframing illness: Understandings of chronic pain management. ECA, Pittsburgh, PA.
  9. Agarwal, V. (May, 2017, not funded/presented by proxy). How CAM practitioners frame alternative medicine in preventive care: Implications for integrative medicine. Paper accepted for presentation to the Health Communication division of the ICA, San Diego, CA.
  10. Agarwal, V. (May, 2017, not funded). Patient self-management of health conditions: Feminist approaches to envisioning CAM as a healing modality. Extended proposal accepted for the Feminist Communication division of the International Communication Association, San Diego CA.
  11. Agarwal, V. (April, 2017). Intention, faith, and struggles: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioner embodiment of experience in modality. Paper presented at the Eastern Communication Association 2017 convention, health communication division, Boston MA.
  12. Agarwal, V. (2016). Constituting Expertise: Constructing Holistic Health in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Paper presented at the Health Communication Division, 66th Annual International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.
  13. Agarwal, V. (2016). Taking care, bringing life: A poststructuralist feminist analysis of knowledge and power discourses in maternal health in an urban basti in India. Paper presented at the Feminist Communication Division, 66th Annual International Communication Association, Fukuoka, Japan.
  14. Agarwal, V. (2016). Bridging breast-cancer disparities in African-American women: Media processing factors and self-protective motivations. Paper presented at the Health Communication division, 107th Annual Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, Md.
  15. Agarwal, V. (2016). Communicative Negotiation of Resilience Labor to Manage Uncertainty in Chronic Health Conditions. Paper presented as part of panel submission by Norbert Mundorf entitled, “Global sustainability and resilience: A communication Revolution” for the 107th Annual Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, Md.
  16. Agarwal, V. (2016). Disaster-relief service-learning in communication: Furthering translational goals of civic engagement. Paper to be presented to the Instructional Communication division, 107th Annual Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, Md.
  17. Agarwal, V. (2015). “I am not willing to gamble”: Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients’ communicative framing of treatment uncertainty and provider relationship. Health Communication Division, NCA 101 Convention Meeting, Nov. 19—22, Las Vegas, NV.
  18. Agarwal, V. (2015). “You’re not goint to be that way”: Patient framing of disability and support in the multiple sclerosis disease domain. Disability Caucus, National Communication Association 101 Convention Meeting, Nov. 19—22, Las Vegas, NV.
  19. Agarwal, V. (April 2015). Deadly and preventable: Comparative risk perception in female adults melanoma incidence. Central States Communication Association, Madison, WI
  20. Agarwal, V., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2014). Communicative Re-construction of Resilience Labor: Identity/Identification in Disaster-Relief Workers. Organizational Communication Division of the 100th Meeting NCA, November 19—21, Chicago, Il.
  21. Agarwal, V. (2014). Breast-Cancer Self-Protective Motivations of African-American Women: Assessing Comparative Risk, Benefits, Barriers, and Subjective Norms. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media, August 19—21. Atlanta, GA, 2014.
  22. Agarwal, V. (2014, April). “Maternal Mortality and the Gendered Urban Migrant Community Identity: In Our Own We Trust.” Top Two Paper Award, Eastern States Association, Health Communication Division, RI.
  23. Agarwal, V. (2014, April). For Whom the Bell Tolls: Disaster-Relief Volunteer Work. Top Paper Award. Paper presented to the Central States Communication Association, Organizational and Professional Communication Division, MN.
  24. Agarwal, V. (2013). Dai or Doctor: Framing Tensions between the Traditional and the Biomedical Orientation in Maternal Health in an Urban Resettlement Neighborhood in India. National Communication Association, Nov. 17th—21st, Washington DC.
  25. Agarwal, V. (2012). Trust and Betrayal: (Dis)Identification and Satisfaction in a Nonprofit Organization. National Communication Association, Nov. 15th–Nov. 18th, Orlando, FL.
  26. Agarwal, V. (2012). Comparative Perceptions of Risk in the Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Virus. Eastern Communication Association, April 26th-April 29th, Cambridge, MA.
  27. Agarwal, V. (2011). The 2009 H1N1 pandemic: Understanding threat perception, information, and source factors in emerging health risks. Paper to be presented at the Health Communication Division of the 97th NCA Conference, New Orleans, LA. Nov. 17th—20th.
  28. Agarwal, V. (2011). Predictors of mammography usage for South Asian women: Examining constructs from uncertainty reduction and health belief model. Top Three Paper presented at the Health Communication Division of the 102nd Annual Eastern Communication Association Conference, Arlington, VA. April 13—17, 2011.
  29. Agarwal, V., & Sypher, H. E. (2010). Trust in the relational organization: Examining organizational trust, personal need-fulfillment, and identification. Paper presented to the Organizational Communication Division of 96th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Nov. 14-Nov. 17, 2010, San Francisco, CA.
  30. Agarwal, V., D’Silva, M. U., & Leichty, G. B. (2010). Issue legitimization in international public relations: An ideological/feminist critique of the local and the global in online public health discourse on INGOs. Public Relations Division, 96th National Communication Association, Nov. 14-Nov. 17,2010, San Francisco, CA.
  31. Agarwal, V. (2010). “I’d like to help but I have no time!”: Individual and organizational motivational factors influencing service behavior. Paper presented at Organizational Communication Division Meeting of the International Communication Association, Political, Cultural, and Technological Challenges, June 22- June 26, 2010, Singapore
  32. Agarwal, V. (2010). Intent in decision making processes to obtain the H1N1 vaccine: Understanding trust in channel, source, and message factors in communicating emerging health risks. Paper presented at 11th Biennial Kentucky Conference in Health Communication, April 22—April 24, 2010, Lexington, KY.
  33. D’Silva, M. U., Leichty, G. B., & Agarwal, V. (2010). Cultural representations of HIV/AIDS inprint media in India. Presented at IAICS conference, Guangzou, China.
  34. Agarwal, V., Yehya, N. A., Rao, R., & Sypher, H. E. (2010). A frame analysis of construction ofemerging health risks in the print media coverage of MRSA. Paper presented at Mass Communication Division of the Central States Communication Association Convention, April 14—18, 2010, Cincinnati, OH
  35. Agarwal, V., Dutta, M. J., & Sypher, H. E. (2009). Reconceptualizing trust: A theoretical framework of macro-level relational trust in health care organizations. Paper presented at the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association, Keywords in Communication, Chicago, IL, May 21-25, 2009.
  36. Agarwal, V., Sypher, H. E., & Dutta, M. J. (2009). Proposing a modified framework for the Health Belief Model in healthcare settings: Knowledge, benefits/barriers, and cues to action on preventive staff behaviors. Paper presented at the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association, Chicago, IL, May 21-25, 2009.
  37. Agarwal, V., & Sypher, H. E. (non-presenter, 2009). Process implementation in healthcare organizations: Investigating organizational commitment and climate during organizational change. Health Communication Interest Division of the Western States Communication Association, February 12-18, 2009, Phoenix/Mesa, AZ.
  38. Agarwal, V., Sypher, H. E., Dexter, P., Kho, A., Doebbeling, B. N, Woodward, H., Hoke,S. et al. (2008). Foregrounding trust in climate change in hospital units: Exploring the effect of information resource availability and organizational support for change on participatory decision making among hospital staff. The American Association of Communication in Healthcare, Translating Communications Research: Bench to Bedside to Community, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, October 17-19, 2008.
  39. Agarwal, V. (2006). Medical communication discourse in the Human Genome Project: Toward a typology of difference in genetic privacy. National Communication Association (NCA), Health Communication Division, San Antonio, TX.
  40. Whitten, P., & Agarwal, V. (2006). Privacy and health care: The role and impact of communication. Communication and Technology Division, International Communication Association conference Dresden, Germany.
  41. Whitten, P., Gabor, E., Bergman, A., & Agarwal, V. (2006). Communication technologies and health care: Diagnosis of theoretical contributions to the study of health care. Poster presented at the International Communication Association, Health Communication Division. Dresden International Congress Centre, Dresden, Germany, June 16, 2006. Retrieved October 4, 2007, from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p91584_index.html 
  42. Agarwal, V. (2005). Unambiguous consent: Proposal for a communicative framework. Top Four Paper Award. National Communication Association, HCTD, Boston.
  43. Agarwal, V. (2005). Strategies of governance in online social movements: The case study of Indymedia. Association of Internet Researchers conference. Chicago, IL. 
  44. Agarwal, V. (2005). A pentadic analysis of the EU Data Protection Directive hearing before the Subcommittee of Commerce, Trade, and Commerce Protection       ofthe Committee of Energy and Commerce House of Representatives, 107th Congress, First Session. International Communication Association, HCTD, New York.
  45. Agarwal, V. (2004). A tale of two nations: The case for the shadow war. Mass Communication Division of the Central States Communication Conference, Cleveland.
  46. Agarwal, V. (2004). Silent songs from a quiet place: Voices from Cybermohalla. Association of        Internet Researchers Conference 5.0. Sussex, UK. 

INVITED ATTENDEE

  1. University System of Maryland Women’s Forum Conference, University of Maryland at Baltimore, November 11, 2011. Attending as an invited participant awarded a grant by the USMWF toward my research project titled, Psycho-social and Cultural Factors in Breast Cancer Screening Behaviors among Minority Women in the US.” Award information available online at: http://usmwf.usmd.edu/faculty.html

POSTER PRESENTATIONS (refereed, competitively selected)

  1. Agarwal, V. (2018). Reconceptualizing pain through patient-centered care in the complementary and alternative medicine therapeutic relationship. International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health. Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, May 8–11, 2018, Baltimore
  2. Agarwal, V. (2018). Facilitating provider-patient interdependence in integrative medicine for patient-centered care: Examining complementary and alternative medicine therapeutic relationships. International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health. Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health, May 8–11, 2018, Baltimore MD
  3. Agarwal, V. (2014). Breast-Cancer Self-Protective Motivations of African-American Women: Assessing Comparative Risk, Benefits, Barriers, and Subjective Norms. CDC, National Conference Health Communication, Marketing, & Media, August 19—21. Atlanta.
  4. Agarwal, V. (2013). Recreating home in a new land: Themes of maternal health practices of women migrants in a temporary urban resettlement community (basti). Presented at the DC Health Communication Conference, March 28th—30th, 2013, Fairfax, Virginia.
  5. Agarwal, V. (2011). Shadows and Mirrors: A Qualitative Study of Trust, Risk, and Behavior Change in an Online Depression and Mental Health Community Support Group. Poster presented at the D.C. Health Communication Conference, Fairfax, VA (April30th, 2011).
  6. Sypher, H. E., & Agarwal, V. (2008).  An Application of the Health Belief Model to Staff MRSA Preventive Behaviors. Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) Fall Conference, September 16-18, Purdue University, Indiana.
  7. Whitten, P., Gabor, E., Agarwal, V., & Kopach, R. (2006). Telemedicine: A solution for Indiana. Center for Education for Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) Spring Conference, Purdue University, Indiana.

WEBINARS ATTENDED

2017. INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND HOLISTIC HEALTH WEBINARS

  1. Genome and Big Data Driven Mechanism of Meditation. Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health. 1 CME Credit for Attendance (August 16, 2017).

2016. COUNCIL OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INSTITUTE & WEBINARS

  1. Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs. Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Institute, Oct. 27–29, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  2. Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (McNair Program). U.S. Department of Education, Sept 20th, 2016.
  3. How to Open the Door to a Culture of Diversity: A Productive Conversation Among Decision-Makers. Council on Undergraduate Research. Webinar, Aug. 25, 2016.
  4. Achieving an Institution-Wide Culture and Practice in Undergraduate Research: Best Practices of AURA 2015 Awardees. CUR. Webinar, May 10, 2016.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP PRESENTATIONS

  1. Agarwal, V. (2008). MRSA process implementation in health care settings: Role of trust and media selection in organizational change. Organizational Communication Mini Conference, Purdue University, IN, September 27-29, 2008.

RESEARCH REPORTS

  1. Telemedicine in Indiana: Policy report. (Spring, 2006). Dr. P. Whitten, Elena Gabor, Vinita Agarwal & Renata Kopach, for Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

SPECIAL RESEARCH SESSION PARTICIPANT

  1. Agarwal, V., & Sypher, H.E. (2009).Breast cancer preventive behaviors among urban Indian middle class women: Locating trust in the transtheoretical model of change. Research in Progress, National Communication Association, 95th Annual   Convention,Nov.12—15, IL.
  2. Agarwal, V., & Sypher, H.E. (2009). Individual and Organizational Motivational Factors Influencing Service Behavior in Institutional Contexts. Research in Progress, National Communication Association, 95thConvention, Nov. 12—Nov.15th, Chicago, IL.
  3. Agarwal, V., & Sypher, H.E. (2009). Investigating Mass Mediated and Interpersonal Channels in Decision Making Processes for Breast Cancer Health Disparities among Low Income African American Women. Moving into Grant Funded Research in the Social Sciences, NCA, 95thConvention, Nov.12—Nov.15, Chicago, IL.

DISCUSSION PANEL PARTICIPANT

  1. Agarwal, V. (2019). Surviving at work: Profeessioinal resilience communication, adversity, and vulnerability. Field-Springer, K.R., Buzzanell, P.M., Heiss, S.N., Krebre, A.E., Barbour, J.B., Arendt, C., Agarwal, V., Striley, K.M., Rosenholtz, C., & Stassen, H. Sponsor: Association for Business Communication. NCA, 105th Convention, Nov. 13–17, Baltimore.

HEALTHCARE WORKSHOPS PARTICIPANT

  1. How Precision Health Will Inform Pain Management, 4th Annual CACPR Symposium. Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Nov. 30, 2018.
  2. Health Communication Pre-Conference Early Faculty Development Workshop (2009). NCA.
  3. Plexus Institute Conference (July 22-24, 2007). Lawrence, Kansas. 
  4. Indiana Hospital and Health Association Leadership Conference (May 31-June 1, 2007).
  5. Veterans Affairs HSR&D (May 21st, 2007). Implementation Research and Systems Redesign Workshop. Indiana University School of Medicine.
  6. Regenstrief Center of Healthcare Engineering Annual Conference (Feb 23-24, 2007). Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
  7. Indiana Hospital and Health Association Conference (Oct 10, 2006). Patient Safety Center Educational Briefing.

COUNCIL OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE

  1. Agarwal, V., & Kesteven, B. (June, 2017, accepted/not presented). Assessment in strategic planning of Salisbury University’s new undergraduate research office: CUR’s best practices model. Short presentation abstract for the Undergraduate Research Program Director’s conference, Undergraduate Research Collaborations (Assessment session), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, June 27–29, 2017.
  2. Agarwal, V., & Kesteven, B. (June, 2017, accepted/not presented). Integrating existing programs and implementing new programmatic initiatives in launching Salisbury University’s Undergraduate Research Office. Poster abstract for the Undergraduate Research Program Director’s conference, Undergraduate Research Collaborations (Undergraduate Research Administration Nuts and Bolts session), NAU, Flagstaff, June 27–29, 2017

RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIPS

  1. Summer 2006-Fall 2006 Research team (Purdue University). Discovery Learning Center Seed Grant, Co-PI’s Erina MacGeorge (Communication) and Stephen Durbin (Physics).
  2. Summer 2005-Spring 2006 Research team(Purdue University).White paper; Lance Armstrong grant, IU-PU Cancer center grant, and PHS R 21 cancer grant. Dr. P. Whitten
  3. Fall 2002-Summer 2004  Editorial Assistant (University of Illinois at Chicago). New Media and Society. Editor: Dr. Steve Jones.
  4. Summer 2003 Research Team(University of Illinois at Chicago). Observations of internet use in Chicago public libraries. PI: Dr. Steve Jones

NCA SHORT COURSE/PRE-CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT

  1. Agarwal, V. (2019, participant). Crafting qualitative research for social impact: Surviving and thriving through qualitative theory-building and claim-making. Short course. Chairs: Sarah Jane Tracy & Timothy Paul Huffman. NCA.
  2. Agarwal, V. (2019, participant). Getting results that survive: Improving communication science. Chairs: Bree L. McEwan & Catherine Kingsley Westerman. Pre-conference. NCA.

TEACHING & PEDAGOGY

UNDERGRADUATE MENTORING

HONORS THESIS ADVISOR

  • Darby Dicks (2016—2017). Social media and conspiracy theories through the lens of agenda-setting theory. Presented at NRHC, SUSRC, LPE conference (Spring 2017).

Summer 2007.  SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship mentor), Purdue

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE MENTOR

2019: NCA: Evan Moreland, “Teaching the students we have, not the one’s we wish we had” Discussion panel participant.

2011:  Jordan Walker (SUSRC)

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH TEAM MENTOR

  • 2018: 7 students from psychology, nursing, chemistry, conflict analysis, philosophy, and communication departments.
  • Spring 2011: Two students from communication department assisted with data collection

*Martina Maya-Callen (CADR) after her graduation independently won an external grant on a research topic she worked with me during her research mentoring period.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

MINOR DEVELOPMENT

  • Health/Medicine Humanities Minor. Under development as part of Health/Medicine Humanities Minor Faculty Learning Committee.

HONORS COURSE DEVELOPMENT

  • 2019: Culture and Medicine ,  2017: Communicating Health

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

  • 2019. CMAT 341: Health Communication (Human Communication Studies, Relationship Competency) & Public Relations Strategic Communication track (Analytical Electives)
  • 2015. CMAT 445: Digital Public Relations. SU catalog, PRSC track (Applied Electives)
  • 2013.  CMAT 447: International Public Relations. PRSC track (Analytical Electives)

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

  • CMAT 447 2019. Cross-Listed Interdisciplinary Studies (Ethnic Intercultural Studies Track)
  • IDIS 280 Research to Discovery (one-credit, Spring 2017, half-semester, OURCA course)

UNIVERSITY GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE PROPOSAL: 2017 Spring: FYEX-100: Communication and Technology (4-credit, Freshman Year Experience course proposal submitted to General Education Steering Committee)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT (SELECTED)

  • Salisbury University, Associate–Assistant Professor: Health Communication, Health and Wellness Communication, Strategic Communication (Digital/International), Research Methods

ENGAGEMENT

DISCIPLINE

DISCIPLINE LEADERSHIP

  • 2020: Chair-Elect, Teaching and Learning Council, NCA
  • 2019: NCA Prep Talk: Writing and Maintaining an Academic CV (NCA Career Center)
  • 2016–2019: Teaching and Learning Council Member, 2016–2019.
  • 2017–2020: 3rd Vice-Chair–Chair, Feminist and Women’s Studies Division, NCA.
  • 2018: CV Consultant, professional development workshop presenter: NCA
  • 2005.  Participant: NCA Special Panel linking Groups and Communication Technology. Group Communication Divisiion, NCA, Boston, MA.

DISCIPLINE: JOURNAL PEER REVIEWER

  • 2020: Journal of American College Health
  • 2019: American Journal of Public Health, Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Health Communication, Journal of Patient Experience, Frontiers in Communication (Health Communication-2), Journal of Applied Communication Research
  • 2018: Journal of American College Health, Medical Anthropology, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Communication Studies, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Frontiers in Health Communication, International Journal of Corporate Communication
  • 2017: Qualitative Research in Medicine and Healthcare, Health Education Research, Health Communication, Frontiers in Health Communication, American Journal of Public Health (2), Journal of Applied Communication Research
  • 2016: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Health Education Research (2), Health Communication, Frontiers in Health Communication, American Journal of Public Health, Management Communication Quarterly (2), Health Education and Behavior (2)
  • 2015: American Journal of Public Health (4), Communication Studies, Journal of Applied Communication Research
  • 2014: Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research (2), Health Education and Behavior, Communication Quarterly
  • 2013: Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Quarterly
  • 2012: Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (2), Communication Quarterly
  • 2011: Health Education and Behavior (3)
  • 2010: Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
  • 2009: Communication Monographs, Health Education and Behavior, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

NATIONAL AWARDS COMMITTEE:

  • 2018-2019. Feminist and Women’s Studies Division: Bonnie Ritter Book Award Selection Committee
  • 2017.  International Journal of Corporate Communication, special issue entitled, “Communicating/organizing for reliability, resilience, and safety” article reviewer.
  • 2016 NCA. Applied Comm Division Awards Committee, Special Journal Issue Awards Committee

NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL CONFERENCE SERVICE

  • Conferrence paper reviewer, chair, respondent (various roles 2005–2019), NCA, ICA, ECA

UNIVERSITY

COMMITTEES:

  • 2018–Present: Dr. Yujia Song, Tenure and Promotion committee member (2018–present)
  • 2018–2020:
  • Council of University System Faculty (CUSF, At-large Alternate) 2018—2020
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission Faculty Advisory Council (At-Large) ‘18—’20
  • 2018–2019: FLC Co-Chair: Medical Humanities (along with Dr. Yujia Song; 2018–2019).
  • 2017–2018: History Department, South Asian Faculty Search, Search Committee Member
  • 2016-2017:
  • Philosophy Department, Medical/Ethics Search Committee Member
  • Gen Ed Freshman Year Experience Stratgic Planning Workgroup, Phase 2 member.
  • Teaching Learning Conference (2016). Presentation 
  • 2011–2016: Salisbury University Undergraduate Student Research Conference (SUSRC) Organizing Committee Member
  • 2013:
    • Research Day and Innovation Showcase  booth presenter/ participant
    • Invited panelist, Conflict Resolution and Organizational Development, October 25.
  • 2012: IRB committee member (Ad hoc appointment).

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Agarwal, V., Reid, T.B., Han, E.J., Fritz, H., & Song, Y. (2019, Feb. 15). Innovative approaches to envisaging pedagogical integration of health and medicine in courses from different majors. Teaching and Learning Conference. Salisbury University, Maryland USA

FULTON SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS

FULTON SCHOOL COMMITTEES:

  • 2018–2019:Member, Medical Humanities FLC 
  • 2014–2017:Member, Fulton Sustainability Committee
  • 2017–2018:Member, Medical Humanities Workgroup

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

COMMITTEES:

  • LPH society co-advisor (2011–2019)
  • Various committees ranging from curriculum committee, marketing committee, sophomore year planning committee, track reform ad hoc committee, open house planning committee and others (about 3–4 per year).

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Distance Learning class demonstration, Feb. 7, 2019. Communication department faculty and staff invited (3 attended), and CMAT 465 students. (Conceived, proposed, presented)

Previous Background:

1991–1995: Broadcast work,premier media channels in India as producer and director (freelance).

2000–2001: Pro-bono work as a weekly radio show host for a local AM channel for a S.Asian community in Dallas, TX. Conceived, designed, proposed and hosted the talk show speaking with non-profit organizations in the local community on topics of cultural and social relevance.