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Tameka Ellington, Ph.D.

TT – Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Tameka Ellington, Ph.D.,

TT – Assistant Professor, Fashion Design

Dr. Tameka Ellington (Dr. T.) has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Fashion Design from Kent State University and a Master’s of Arts degree in Apparel & Textile Design from Michigan State University. She graduated with her degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction in August 2011 from Kent State University.  Dr. T. has worked for several years in the fashion industry. Her experiences include Visual Merchandising, Design, and Technical Design. She began her teaching career at Kent in 2005, specializing in the field of Technical Design and Apparel Manufacturing. 

Her creative research is often inspired by African and African American fables and folklore where she uses batik, digital textile design, and leather tooling.  Dr. T.’s research interests include social-psychological aspects of dress for African Americans and other minorities, such as people with disabilities.  Within this realm of research she focuses on the self-esteem and self-efficacy of African American people as well as the relationship between the self and appearance including the topics of dress and hair.

Dr.T. was nominated for the 2011 Distinguished Paper Award for the International Textiles and Apparel Association conference.  Her students recognized her for her mentorship with the Black United Students' Honors in 2012.  And Dr. T. recently received the College of the Arts Catalyst grant for an upcoming exhibition project.  Her latest works are listed below.

Ellington, Tameka, “Olonnie” Exhibition. ITAA, Honolulu, Hawaii. November, 2012 and Surface Design, San Antonio, May 2013.

Ellington, Tameka & Lim, Stacey (2013). Adolescents' Aesthetic and Functional View of Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants and Their Relationship to Self-Esteem Level, The Journal of Fashion Practice, 5(1), 59-80

Ellington, Tameka, Do-rag. Fall 2013 In M. Strauss & A. Lynch (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Ethnic Clothing in the United States.  Lanham, Maryland: AltaMira Press.


Tameka Ellington, Ph.D.
School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
Phone: 330-672-4646
Fax: 330-672-3772