Meet Your Professor: Shelia R. Cotten, Ph.D.

Posted on: October 21, 2013

Shelia R. Cotten







Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media

Brief Bio:
Shelia R. Cotten is a Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the lifecourse 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. Dr. Cotten has studied the largest dissemination of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptops in the United States. She is currently finishing up a randomized controlled trial designed to enhance quality of life among older adults through the use of technology training. Her work is currently 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) and the 2013 recipient of the Public Sociology Award from the CITASA section of the American Sociological Association. 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.

Courses she is currently teaching and/or has recently taught:
Survey Research
Research Methods
Social Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies

Three things that she wants students to know about her:
1. Being a professor is a great job!
2. I LOVE teaching research methods.
3. I'm a Demon Deacon fan!

What she hopes her students learn from her, her scholarly work or

I hope students learn that research can be fun and that having good research skills can take you far in life, regardless of what path you may take in your life.

Shelia in five words or less:
Hardworking, persistent, caring

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