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CV (CV and some content last updated 2017).
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, Salisbury University, Maryland USA.
Office Hours Fall 2018: M, 9:30AM–2:30PM, by appointment via email.
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Dr. Agarwal's research seeks to understand how provider-patient communication in therapeutic and integrative medicine relationships can better address patient needs to further the goals of patient-centered care. Dr. Agarwal employs both qualitative and quantitative methods in examining decision-making in health care contexts in complementary and alternative medicine in particular and pain management, preventive medicine, and women's health more generally. Dr. Agarwal's earlier research has also focused on relationship management with a special interest in trust and resilience. (Research & Publications sample)
Project Title: Therapeutic Relationships in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Funded by the BRE grant )
Spring 2018 onward
Research Team members:
If you have an interest in understanding patient and provider communication, are motivated to participate in the research process (team meetings, data gathering, writing, conference presentations), please contact Dr. Agarwal with a brief statement of your interest, goals, and experience.
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):
Data-gathering in computer lab for tanning behaviors in undergraduate females with my two research assistants, Devon Clark and Savannah Isner (study funded by Faculty Research Mini-Grant, 2014):
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Professor Agarwal teaches courses in strategic communication with a specific interest in health communication, technology, and the digital realm.
Pedagogy integrating civic engagement in the curriculum: at the Civic Engagement across the Curriculum (CEAC) page here
Fall 2018 Courses:
Other Courses Taught:
Prof. Agarwal's courses embrace a thoughtful and intensive engagement with the theoretical and applied dimensions of the content to inform action and decision-making in organizational, interpersonal, and societal contexts. Courses integrate dialogic and blended-learning principles to immerse students in the subject matter through the course of the semester. For more information on any of the courses, please contact Dr. V.
Workshop certificates from SU's Sloan-C Online Learning Consortium:
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Dr. Agarwal currently serves as the faculty co-advisor to our communication honors society, Lambda Pi Eta, as member of the Fulton Sustainability Committee, the General Education Freshman Year Experience workgroup, and as co-chair of the Medical Humanities Faculty Learning Committee. Among her other engagement activities, she is a member of the TLC, NCA, third vice chair-elect of the Feminist and Women's Studies division (NCA), review editor at Frontiers in Communication, and a past member of the SUSRC (Salisbury University Student Research Conference 2011–2016) organizing board.
Teaching and Learning Council member, National Communication Association, Washington D.C., January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019. [URL NCA association leadership]
Third Vice Chair-Elect, Feminist and Women's Studies Division, NCA
Review Editor, Frontiers, A Communication Journal (Health Communication) [Editorial board URL]
Founding director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Salisbury University, Md. (2016–2017; URL:OURCA).
Faculty Co-Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta, Communication Honors Society
Communication Arts Faculty Website: Link
Ad Hoc Reviewer:
Ayurvedic Wellness Educator (currently in progress on Level 2, Ayurveda in Integrative Medicine certification)
Honors Faculty Fellow (Inaugural Cohort, 2017–2018): Developed course Medicine and Culture.
PACE (Public Affairs and Civic Engagement) Institute Faculty Fellow (2017–2018). PACE web page: Link
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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 chunky 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. ICA Japan and Alaska travels and family album 2015 Link | New York 2017 | Las Vegas, NCA 2015| Boston, ECA 2017 | Pemberton |
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