Dr. Alecea Standlee is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Concord University located in Athens, WV. In 2012, she received a PhD from Syracuse University in Sociology. Her research focuses on the role that contemporary communication technologies play in the lives of college students. Her current project specifically focuses on how college students use social media, texting and related media as means to establish and maintain interpersonal relationships with peers. This research utilizes qualitative and online ethnographic methods for data collection. More information about this method is available in Alecea's journal article "Ethnographic Approaches to the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication" published by the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. This interest in the impact of communication technologies in the lives of college students led to the development of the upper division seminar course that was offered in the fall of 2012. The course focuses on providing college students with a way to articulate their own social and cultural identities within techno-social culture.
Plug-in and Live: Voices from the Digital Natives is a collection of essays by 7 college students at Concord University. Through their guided examination of the cultural context of technology, video gaming culture, and social media, they share what it is like to be a digital native in the US. Compiled by Dr. Alecea Standlee, these essays provide a glimpse into the techno world of college students.