Shelia Cotten, PhD

Professor, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University

Shelia Cotten, PhD

Shelia R. Cotten is an MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She is also the Director of the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research. She studies technology use across the life course and the social, educational, and health impacts of that use. She conducts large-scale community based intervention studies designed to use technology to enhance various aspects of quality of life. She has recently completed a randomized controlled trial designed to enhance quality of life among older adults through the use of technology training.

Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She is the past Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA), the 2016 awardee of the William Fl. Ogburn Senior Career Achievement award from CITASA, and the 2013 recipient of the Public Sociology Award from the CITASA section of the American Sociological Association. She is also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Cotten enjoys teaching courses on the social impacts of technology, survey research, and research methods. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Cotten was a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Please visit the College of Communications Arts and Sciences website for more information on Dr. Cotten.