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Columbia College Chicago
Elizabeth Shorrock

Elizabeth Shorrock

Elizabeth Shorrock


Assistant Professor

Email: eshorrock@colum.edu

Beth Shorrock earned a BFA and a MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an entrepreneur with over 15 years experience as a clothing and textile print designer. Her company designed and produced clothing, textiles and accessories which were sold to retail stores throughout the US and Canada as well as developing her own lifestyleretail stores in Newport, Providence, Watch hill and Block Island, RI and Mystic, CT.

Beth is extremely interested in ethical production, sustainable practices and the utilization of waste and surplus materials.

She is also passionate about empowering her students to be independent thinkers equipped with the ability to discover who they are as designers, meeting future challenges and succeeding in their chosen field. 


Connell earned her BA in Fashion Merchandising and her Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Dominican University.  In 2003, she was awarded the Provosts Fellowship Award for Service Learning.  She continued her service learning with Bridge to Success in Chicago and has presented this pedagogical model at numerous conferences.  Connell is the author of A Buyer’s Life:  A Concise Guide to Retail Planning and Forecasting.  This Fairchild Publication was developed as a framework for teaching basic retail buying concepts which were honed through her 25 plus years in corporate retail.  Throughout her retail career, she received numerous awards for financial performance, in-store execution, and exceptional customer service with retailers such as Marshall Field’s, Neiman Marcus, and Mark Shale.  Beyond her professional accomplishments, Connell is an active community member.  She serves numerous organizations where her fashion business, organizational, and strategic visioning skills are utilized to benefit those in need.