Shelia R. Cotten: New MSU Foundation Professor


September 22nd, 2017

I attended the 2017 Investiture Program today at MSU, honoring the university’s newest endowed chairs and professors, including one of our Media and Information faculty members, Shelia Cotten. Shelia has had a distinguished career, but her ability to connect her work on Internet studies, where she focuses on its uses and impacts across the life course, with her work on health, such as in directing MSU’s Trifecta program on technology and research innovation for health, earned her such well deserved recognition. The Quello Center congratulates Professor Cotten and appreciates the value she adds to the Department of Media and Information and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Bill Dutton

Professor Shelia Cotten and Dean Prabu David at Investiture Program 2017

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Incoming Quello Director Receives Career Achievement Award


William Dutton, incoming Director of MSU’s Quello Center, has been named the 2014 winner of the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award, presented by the Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA).

The award recognizes a sustained body of research that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology. It is named for the late William F. Ogburn, former president of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Dutton will begin his new position as Director of the Quello Center in August, along with his appointment as Quello Chair of Media and Information Policy. The Quello Center, located in the Department of Media and Information, was established in 1998 to be a worldwide focal point for excellence in research, teaching and the development and application of telecommunication management and policy.

Dutton comes to MSU from the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Internet Studies. He also is a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College and is the Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a position he held from 2002 to 2011.

“Bill’s work over several decades has greatly expanded our understanding of Internet use and the effects of this use on society,” said Shelia Cotten, Professor in MSU’s Department of Media and Information, who chaired the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award selection committee. “His founding of the Oxford Internet Institute and his leadership as Director for almost a decade, in addition to his numerous research accomplishments, made him a unanimous choice for this award.”

Dutton has received numerous grants for his research and is widely published. His research interests include Internet and society, digital divides, digital choice, the Fifth Estate, network society, politics and the Internet, collaborative network organizations, research-centered computational networks and digital research.

He is the Principal Investigator of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), an authoritative resource on the use and impact of the Internet in Britain and one component of the World Internet Project, an international collaboration comprising more than 20 nations. He also is a Co-Principal of Oxford’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Center, supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office, and was the Principal Investigator of the Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS), supported by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Dutton will be honored with a plaque at the CITASA annual meeting Aug. 16-19 in San Francisco.

Besides Cotten, who was the 2013 recipient of the CITASA Award for Public Sociology, the other members of the award selection committee included Judy Wajcman, Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Hiroshi Ono, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University.

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