Shelia R. Cotten

Shelia R. Cotten
  • Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • Clemson University Office of Research Development
  • Collaborator
  • PhD, Sociology, North Carolina State University
  • NCMS, Sociology, North Carolina State University
  • BA, Sociology, Wake Forest University


Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research

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Current Research

Shelia R. Cotten, Professor in the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, is the director of the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research, and former director of Trifecta. Her research focuses on 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 quality of life.

Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. 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. She is also co-editor of the Emerald Series in Media and Communications.


  • Technology use across the life course
  • Information communication technologies and quality of life for senior citizens
  • Integrating Computers across the Curriculum (ICAC)