Beth Ellington, PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. -  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.S.I.S. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.B.A. - Elon University
  • B.A. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Beth Ellington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management at the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. She received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.B.A. from Elon University and holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Supply Chain, Logistics & Transportation from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, Bryan School of Business and Economics.

Dr. Ellington's experience includes sixteen years in the manufacturing sector, holding titles of Quality Control Coordinator, Statistical Process Control Coordinator and Production Supervisor, and most recently in academia as Project Manager for the NC Health Info Project at the UNC Health Sciences Library. She has also been an Instructor at Elon University where she taught Computer Information Systems courses and an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she taught courses in Database Systems and Human Resources Management.

Dr. Ellington's research interests are in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, human-computer interaction, usability, web design, task analysis, workflow modeling, process improvement, activity theory, and information overload. She has published in The IUP Journal of Operations Management,  IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems Education Journal, and Journal of Web Librarianship. Dr. Ellington has also presented her research at the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium and the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS).

Dr. Ellington presented at the Sixth Annual Appalachian Research in Business Symposium on March 29, 2019, in Cullowhee, NC. Her topic was,  "An Analysis of Information Overload Components, Sources, Frequency, Effect on Performance and Coping Strategies Utilized by Full-Time Undergraduate University Students in a World of Smart Phones, Social Media and Search Engines".  This was published in the conference proceedings.

Recent Publications

Belcher, J., Kaldas, E., Ellington, V. E. & Dave, D. S. (2018). Developing a Quality Improvement Plan for a Small Engineering Firm in the United States with Six Sigma Methodologies, International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management, (vol.24, issue 1, pp. 1-11).

Ellington, V. E. (2017). Application of Activity Modeling to a 'Dirt to Shirt' Supply Chain, The IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management, IUP Publications, (vol. XIV, issue 2, pp. 14).

Formby, S. K., Medlin, B. D. & Ellington, V. E. (2017). Identifying Microsoft Excel Skills Important for Business School Graduates, Information Systems Education Journal, Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals, (vol. 15, issue N3, pp. 55-63).

Ellington, B., Formby, S., Davè, D. and Miller, S. (2014) How Operations Management Topics Support US Students’ Career Goals, The IUP Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 7-17.

Ellington, B. (2014) Activity Models for the Planting, Harvesting, Transporting and Ginning Collaboration of the Dirt to Shirt Supply Chain Partners of Cotton of the Carolinas, Proceedings of the Appalachian Research in Business Symposium, (Johnson City, TN, March 21).

Rodriguez, D., Ellington, B. and Wildemuth, B. (2012) Information Professionals 2050 – Industry Panel. Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways, pp. 101-104, (Chapel Hill, June 4-5),

Ellington, B. (2012). Defining the eHealth Information Niche in the Family Physician/Patient Examination and Knowledge Transfer Process, Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

Ellington, B. (2008). The Usability of the Journal Finder Interface. Journal of Web Librarianship, 2(2/3), 307-337,

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8719

Fax: (828) 262-6190

Office address
4057 Peacock Hall