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Dr. Vinita Agarwal

Dr. Vinita Agarwal

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Dr. Vinita Agarwal (Ph.D., 2009, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Media, Technology, and Society, Purdue University, USA) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Arts (Website: Link)


Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Salisbury University, Maryland, USA (Website: Link)

Dr. Agarwal also serves as 

Educational Policies Board member, National Communication Association, Washington D.C., January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019. [URL NCA association leadership]


Review Editor, Frontiers, A Communication Journal (Health Communication) [Editorial board URL]


Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 
  • The American Journal of Public Health,
  • Health Communication,
  • Journal of Applied Communication Research,
  • Health Education Research,
  • Communication Studies,
  • Management Communication Quarterly,
  • Health Education and Behavior, and
  • Communication Quarterly, among others.

Office Hours and Contact Information: 
Dr. Vinita Agarwal
Associate Professor of Public Relations

Department of Communication Arts
FH 272, Fulton Hall of Liberal Arts
Office Phone: 410-677-0083
Department Fax: 410-548-3002

Office Hours: Spring 2017:

T (12:30PM–2:30PM) | TR (12:30PM–1:30PM) and by appointment at my CMAT office @ Fulton Hall, 272

T (2:30PM–3:30PM) | TR (1:30PM–3:00PM) and by appointment at my OURCA office @ Academic Commons, 233.

All appointments can be made via GullNet appointment system: GullNet-->Campus Community-->Appointments-->Vinita Agarwal


1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury University
Salisbury MD 21801 USA

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Special Appointment

Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (OURCA)


To launch the OURCA as a hub for research and creative experiences for undergraduate students. To provide a focus on undergraduate research initiatives at Salisbury University (SU) while articulating the vision and mission of the office for future expansion. To serve students and faculty across disciplines and majors: the sciences, the social sciences, the arts, and the humanities. Primary initiatives led by Dr. Agarwal at OURCA include to: build faculty-student mentor relationships across SU through creating a faculty-mentor network; build a collaborative of faculty researchers to prioritize undergraduate research goals across schools; develop ethics, methods, and process-related workshops; develop resources for successful research conceptualization, implementation, and presentation; define the research experience at SU through conducting a systematic survey of the definitions and forms of independent research and its evaluation across majors and disciplines; and provide support to undergraduate students for compliance, funding, and presentation of research at academic conferences.

OURCA Director Office Hours and Contact Information

Dr. Vinita Agarwal
Website: (or, Link)

Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
Salisbury University
Academic Commons 233
Ph: 410-546-1673

OURCA Director Office Hours: Spring 2017:

T (12:30PM–2:30PM) | TR (12:30PM–1:30PM) and by appointment at my CMAT office @ Fulton Hall, 272

T (2:30PM–3:30PM) | TR (1:30PM–3:00PM) and by appointment at my OURCA office @ Academic Commons, 233.

All appointments can be made via GullNet appointment system: GullNet-->Campus Community-->Appointments-->Vinita Agarwal

1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury University
Salisbury MD 21801 USA

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Professional Development



1)    Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling, Jan 3–4, 2017. Offered by the Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research, University of Maryland, College Park. Instructor Gregory R. Hancock.

2)    Advanced Topics in Structural Equation Modeling, Jan 5–6, 2017. Offered by the Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research, University of Maryland, College Park. Instructor Gregory R. Hancock.



1)    Ayurveda Wellness Educator Training for Health Professionals Co-Sponsored by the Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland

Fall 2016: 66-hour hybrid course co-sponsored by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, Atlantic Integrative Medicine, Guarneri Integrative Health, and the Maharishi AyurVeda Association of America.



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.



Certificates for Completing Training Workshops Offered by Sloan-C Online

1)    MOOCs—Exploring Learning in Open Courses.[URL]

2)    Designing assessments in Social Media.[URL]

3)    Multimodal Design.[URL]

4)    New to Online: Quality Matters Rubric.[URL]

5)    Mobile Apps: Learning Environments.[URL]

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Research Statement

Employing both qualitative and quantitative approaches, Dr. Agarwal's research seeks to understand the context within which meanings of health, healing, and wellness are constituted to foreground participant-centered perspectives in furthering health promotion and self-management support. In early research, her focus on relationships delved into trust and the contribution of psycho-social variables in behavior change. She harbors an enduring fascination with why certain groups of people, such as disaster-relief volunteers, willingly risk their lives to help those affected by natural disasters, and how, as engaged members of a society and of the higher education system, our scholarship and pedagogy can help create strong communities.

Recent Publications (2011 onward): 

Agarwal, V. (in press, Lead article). Taking care, bringing life: A poststructuralist feminist analysis of maternal discourses of mothers and dai’s in India. Health Communication, 1–10. Doi: {online here}

Agarwal, V. (2016). Mainstreaming disaster-relief service-learning in communication departments: Integrating pedagogy, praxis, and engagement. The Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 35, 25–42.  {online here}

Agarwal, V., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2015). Communicative re-construction of resilience labor: Identity/identification in disaster-relief workers. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43(4), 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.

Online Publications

Agarwal, V., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2016, February). Performing resilience labor to reintegrate after disaster. Communication Currents, 11(1). [Link]

Book Chapters

Recent book chapters have appeared in the following edited collections: 

Strategic communication, Vol. III. Discursive and dialogic organizations and the stakeholder view: Social constructionism and functional perspectives (Sage),

Strategic urban communication, health communication and mass media: An integrated approach to policy and practice, and 

South Asian technospaces.

Images from the maternal health study (funded by Faculty Research Mini-Grant, 2011):

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Data-gathering in computer lab for tanning behaviors in undergraduate females with my two research assistants, Devon Clark and Savannah Isner:

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Teaching Statement

Professor Agarwal teaches courses in strategic communication with a specific interest in technology and the digital realm.

Pedagogy integrating civic engagement in the curriculum: at the Civic Engagement across the Curriculum (CEAC) page here

Spring Courses: 

CMAT 490: Communication Senior Seminar* Next Offering: Spring 2017, T/TR, 11:00AM–12:15PM Seminar Title: "Strategic Communication Campaigns." 

CMAT 465 & HONS 311: Communication Technology (Course website: LinkSyllabus. Next offering: Spring 2017, T/TR, 9:30AM –10:45AM

Fall Courses:

CMAT 447: International Public Relations (Course website: Link)

CMAT 445: Digital Public Relations (Course website: Link) Twitter hashtag: #VASocialMediaPR (Link)

CMAT 394: Studies in JPR* (past offerings include Digital Crisis Communications) (not a regular offering)

Other Courses Taught: 

CMAT 344: Writing for the Professions (Course website: Link)

CMAT 240: Introduction to Journalism and Public Relations (Syllabus)

Prof. Agarwal's courses embrace technology, privilege an applied philosophy, and engage students in an immersive understanding of communication theory and conceptual frameworks to inform action and decision-making in organizational, interpersonal, and societal contexts. Courses integrate mobile, multimodal, and blended learning principles.

Workshop certificates from SU's Sloan-C Online Learning Consortium: 

mobile learning apps in education

multimodal learning

quality in online teaching, and 

assessment techniques in social media 

Fall 2016 Courses: 

On sabbatical research leave. 

Office Hours, Fall 2016:

On sabbatical research leave (no office hours). 

For OURCA Fall 2016 office hours and office location, please see information above under Director, OURCA or visit: 

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Dr. Agarwal currently serves as a member of the University Research Council, the Fulton School Sustainability Committee, as the Communication Arts department's Tenure and  Promotion committee member, as the International Education committee member, as the departmental faculty co-advisor for the communications honors society, Lambda Pi Eta, besides serving on ad hoc departmental Communication Seminar restructuring and track review committees.  Dr. Agarwal also serves as a reviewer for prestigious national, international, and regional communication conference divisions including the Health Communication, Applied Communication, and Feminist Communication divisions at associations such as the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, and Eastern Communication Association. She was a past member of the Salisbury University Student Research Conference (2011–2016) organizing board.

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When not working, Dr. Agarwal is an outdoor nature-lover who loves the simple therapeutic joys of trail running with her hubby and big goofy lab in all seasons. She can be found hanging out with family around the kitchen cooking new recipes, around nature trails hiking, browsing technology websites for advances and gadgets, embracing her big-city fix in DC or NYC, or just goofing around with her naughty and needy chocoloate lab, Scout. Following the traditional Ayurvedic system of medicine, she believes in integrating sustainable Ayurvedic wellness practices (meditation, yoga, essential oils, nutrition, breathing/silence, vedic mantras) and living a simple, thoughtful, and holistic life from the inside out.  {Family Instagram Album Link}

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