Karin Ellison

Assoc. Dir., Center for Biology and Society; Interim Program Chair, MA in Applied Ethics and the Professions; Director, Life Science Ethics Program
Phone: (480) 727-7111
Office: LSC 324
Education: PhD 2000, Science and Technology Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Curriculum Vitae: PDF icon ellison_k_cv.pdf
Faculty Group: Human Dimensions

Karin Ellison's research, teaching and program development activities span the areas of research ethics, ethics education development and the history of American science and technology. As Director of the Life Science Ethics Program with the School of Life Sciences, she coordinates opportunities for students, faculty and staff to learn about and reflect on the ethical dimensions of advances in the life sciences and life science research.

Working with colleagues at the National Academy of Engineering and ASU on an NSF-sponsored project, she is leading enhancement of life and environmental science ethics education materials for the Online Ethics Center. Ellison also fosters graduate education at ASU through her positions as interim program chair of the Masters in Applied Ethics and the Professions, and as Associate Director of the Center for Biology and Society.

Select Publications

  • 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.


  • U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
    U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The space program played a key role in inspiring the public imagination about science in the mid-twentieth century. Photo: Creative Commons