Prior to joining Carey Business School, Agarwal was a Distinguished University Professor—the highest academic title conferred by the University of Maryland, and the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the Smith School of Business. She also founded the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS), which collaborates with public and private stakeholders to improve the design, adoption, and integration of information technologies into the health care system. In her work with CHIDS, Professor Agarwal has raised over $10 million in funding through grants, contracts, and gifts. Her work marries research with effectiveness in the classroom and in the community. She received the University of Maryland’s Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award. Twelve years ago, Professor Agarwal launched the Annual Conference on Health Information Technology and Analytics (CHITA). The leading research forum works at the intersection of technology, analytics, and health. It helps translate academic research into government, public health, and industry understanding of digital health needs and opportunities.
“Nearly a quarter of Carey’s full-time faculty study or teach in health-related fields, which is a key area of focus for our students,” said Goker Aydin, vice dean for faculty and research at Carey Business School. “Ritu is a pioneering researcher on the use of information technology in health care, an inspirational educator who excelled in teaching from undergraduates to executives, and a thought leader who has influenced practice and policy through her many collaborations, from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies. Ritu’s cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the business of health will further distinguish the Carey Business School as a leader in business education.”
In addition to multiple fellow designations and awards, publication in and service as editor for a rich array of highly respected journals, Agarwal has shared her expertise with federal lawmakers and health officials. She serves as a Special Advisor for the Division of AIDS at the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and has testified before the National Committee on Health and Vital Statistics at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has also been a member of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council and a member of the National Institutes of Health Workgroup on Integration of Behavioral and Social Science Research.
“I am truly honored to be recognized with the first Wm. Polk Carey Distinguished Professorship. Johns Hopkins University and the Carey School provide an unparalleled setting within which to conduct research and outreach in digital health, and I am excited about the robust opportunities that lie ahead,” said Professor Agarwal.
Though she is the first endowed professor under the 2020 Carey Foundation gift, Agarwal is the seventh endowed professor at Carey Business School. Others include Bloomberg Distinguished Professors Kathleen Sutcliffe, Paul Ferraro, and Daniel Polsky; Alonzo and Virginia Decker Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Phillip Phan; Professor and R. Clayton Emory Chair of Real Estate and Infrastructure Ko Wang; James Carey Professor Federico Bandi; and Francis J. Carey, Jr. Professor Nagpurnanand Prabhala.
Carey Business School also welcomed 10 more faculty to its full-time ranks for fall 2022. They include Assistant Professor of Practice Christina S. Black, Assistant Professor Cassandra Chambers, Assistant Professor of Practice Melanie Demirtas, Assistant Professor of Practice Linda Durnell, Associate Professor of Practice Ali Eshragh, Professor Guodong (Gordon) Gao, Assistant Professor Deeksha Gupta, Assistant Professor Suntae Kim, Assistant Professor Yuexing Li, and Assistant Professor of Practice Hooman Mirahmad.