J. Kemp Ellington, PhD


  • Ph.D., 2006, North Carolina State University, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • M.S., 2002, North Carolina State University, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • B.S., 1999, Appalachian State University, Psychology

Teaching Interests

Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Training and Development, Performance Management, Compensation, Staffing

Research Interests

Performance Management, Training and Development, Work Analysis/Design, Context Effects, Person/Situation Interactions, Multilevel Modeling

Selected Publications

  • Dierdorff, E. C., Rubin, R. S., & Ellington, J. K. (in press). Interpersonal skills, role cognitions, and OCB: Exploring mediating mechanisms and contextual constraints on role enactment. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

  • Ellington, J. K., McAbee, S. T., Landis, R. S, & Mead, A. D. (2021). I only have one rater per ratee, so what? The impact of clustered performance rating data on operational validity estimates. Journal of Business and Psychology, 36, 33-54. doi: 10.1007/s10869-019-09665-4

  • Dierdorff, E. C., Surface, E. A., Harman, R. P., Ellington, J. K., & Watson, A. M. (2020). The ebb and flow of dispositional goal orientations: Exploring the consequences of within-person variability over time. Journal of Business and Psychology, 35, 117–134. doi: 10.1007/s10869-018-9559-4

  • Dierdorff, E. C., & Ellington, J. K. (2019). O*NET and the nature of work. In F. L. Oswald, T. S. Behrend, & L. L. Foster (Eds.), Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work. New York: Routledge.

  • Dierdorff, E. C., & Ellington, J. K. (2017). Team training: Knowing much, but needing to know much more. In K. G. Brown (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Workplace Training and Employee Development. New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Ellington, J. K., & Wilson, M. A. (2017). The performance appraisal milieu: A multilevel analysis of context effects in performance ratings. Journal of Business and Psychology, 32, 87-100. doi: 10.1007/s10869-016-9437-x

  • Harman, R. P., Ellington, J. K., Surface, E. A., & Thompson, L. F. (2015). Exploring qualitative training reactions: Individual and contextual influences on trainee commenting. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 894-916. doi: 10.1037/a0038380

  • Ellington, J. K., Surface, E. A., Blume, B. D., & Wilson, M. A. (2015). Foreign language training transfer: Individual and contextual predictors of skill maintenance and generalization. Military Psychology, 27, 36-51. doi: 10.1037/mil0000064

  • Ellington, J. K., Dierdorff, E. C., & Rubin, R. S. (2014). Decelerating the diminishing returns of citizenship on task performance: The role of social context and interpersonal skill. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 748-758. doi: 10.1037/a0036102

  • Ellington, J. K., & Dierdorff, E. C. (2014). Individual learning in team training: Self-regulation and team context effects. Small Group Research, 45, 37-67. doi: 10.1177/1046496413511670

  • Dierdorff, E. C., & Ellington, J. K. (2012). Members matter in team training: Multilevel and longitudinal relationships between goal orientation, self-regulation, and team outcomes. Personnel Psychology, 65, 661-703. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.2012.01255.x

  • Dierdorff, E. C., & Ellington, J. K. (2008). It's the nature of the work: Examining behavior-based sources of work-family conflict across occupations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 883-892. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.93.4.883
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Department of Management

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Phone: (828) 262-7213

Fax: (828) 262-8685

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4090 Peacock Hall