Karin Ellison's research spans the disciplines of research ethics, education development, and the history of American science and technology. Working with colleagues from ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and from the University of Utah, she is completing a second NSF, Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program grant. The research team is developing and assessing ethics education materials for science and engineering graduate students.
Ellison also develops educational programs at ASU through her positions as executive director for the Biology and Society graduate program, executive director for the Bioethics, Policy and Law program, and as a founding member of the university's interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.
- Heather Canary, Joseph Herkert, Karin Ellison and Jameson Wetmore, "Microethics and Macroethics in Graduate Education for Scientists and Engineers: Developing and Assessing Instructional Models", (2012). Conference Proceedings, Published Collection: Proceedings of Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education Bibliography: http://www.asee.org/public/conferences/8/papers/3569/view
- Joseph Herkert, Jameson Wetmore, Heather Canary and Karin Ellison, "Integrating microethics and macroethics in graduate science and engineering education: developing instructional models.", (2009). Conference Proceedings, Published Collection: Annual Conference Proceedings, American Society for Engineering Education Bibliography: http://soa.asee.org/paper/conference/paper-view.cfm?id=11085
- Ellison, Karin. "Explaining Hoover, Grand Coulee, and Shasta Dams: Institutional Stability and Professional Identity in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation." In Reclamation, Managing Water in the West: The Bureau of Reclamation History Essays from the Centennial Symposium. Vol. 1, 221-248. Denver, CO: US Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, 2008.
- Bekki, Jennifer M., Bianca L. Bernstein, Karin D. Ellison, Arati Sridharan, Liza Hita, and Quinn Spadola. "Work in Progress: Using Case Studies to Increase the Retention of Female Doctoral Students in STEM Fields." Proceedings of Frontiers in Education: Racing Towards Innovation in Engineering Education. October, 2008.
- Zenner, Greta, Wendy Crone, Clark Miller, Karin Ellison, Charles Tahan, and Ricky Leung. “Introducing Nano and Society Issues into the Undergraduate and Graduate Classrooms.” Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Engineering Education. 2006.