Karin Ellison's research and teaching spans the disciplines of research ethics, ethics education development, and the history of American science and technology. Working with colleagues at the National Academy of Engineering and ASU, she is leading enhancement of Life and Environmental Science ethics education materials for the Online Ethics Center as part of a National Science Foundation sponsored project to improve the site. In the School of Life Sciences, she teaches core graduate courses in Responsible Conduct of Research.
Ellison also fosters graduate education at ASU through her positions as director of the Masters in Applied Ethics and the Professions, Biomedical and Health Ethics, executive director for the Biology and Society graduate programs, and a founding member of the university's interdisciplinary doctoral degree program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.
- Canary, Heather, Julie L. Taylor, Joseph R. Herkert, Karin D. Ellison, Jameson Wetmore, and Carlos A. Tarin. "Engaging Students in Integrated Ethics Education: A Communication in the Disciplines Study of Pedagogy and Students’ Roles in Society." Communication Education 63, no. 2 (Apr. 2014): 83-104.
- 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.