Robert H. Smith Dean's Chair of Information Systems & Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Ritu Agarwal is Senior Associate Dean for Research, Professor and the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the founder and Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the Smith School. Dr. Agarwal has published over 100 papers on health informatics and information technology management topics in journals such as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Management Information Systems, Health Affairs, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and IEEE Transactions, and has made presentations at a variety of national and international conferences. Her current research is focused on the use of IT in healthcare settings, health analytics, technology-enabled strategic transformations in various industrial sectors, and consumer behavior in technology-mediated settings.
Professor Agarwal has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies on a variety of research and consulting engagements and made several presentations to groups of senior IT and business executives. She has testified before the National Committee on Health and Vital Statistics and the US Department of Health based on her research on IT and healthcare. Her research has been sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Society for Information Management, US Department of Labor, NSF, and DARPA, and featured in a variety of media outlets including the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and the Baltimore Sun..
Professor Agarwal was the Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Research for a 6 year term from 2011 to 2016. Previously she served three year terms as Senior Editor at MIS Quarterly and Associate Editor for Management Science. She was a member of the INFORMS board as Vice President for Subdivisions from 2004 to 2006, and served as a Vice President in the Association for Information Systems from 2002 to 2005. She served as a Standing Member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s expert review panel on Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research for the period 2010-2012. Dr. Agarwal was the NSF ADVANCE Professor for 2012-2013 for the Smith School. In 2011 she became a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems, and also received the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award. In 2013 she received the title of Distinguished Fellow from the Information Systems Society of INFORMS. She has held leadership positions in a number of major professional conferences during her career, including Program Chair for the International Conference on Information Systems. She is the Conference Co-Chair for the International Conference on Information Systems in 2017. She is a member of ACM, AIS, INFORMS, and the Academy of Management.
In 2010 Professor Agarwal initiated and chaired the Conference on Health IT and Analytics (CHITA) (previously called the Workshop on Health Information Technology and Economics). CHITA is a multi-disciplinary research conference to engage the research, policy and practice communities in understanding the role of digital technologies in healthcare transformation. CHITA is an annual event sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Academy Health, the pre-eminent professional organization in health services research.