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Karin Ellison

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Clinical Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Clinical Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography: 

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 University of Virginia and Illinois Institute of Technology on an National Science Foundation-sponsored project, she is leading enhancement of the Online Ethics Center. Ellison also fosters graduate education as associate director of the Center for Biology and Society at ASU.

Fax: 
480-965-8330
Education: 

PhD Science and Technology Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2000

Publications: 
  • Ellison, Karin D., Challie Facemire, and Joseph R. Herkert. “Designing an EAC Program for the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University: Early Initiatives and Lessons from the Literature.” In Ethics Across the Curriculum—Pedagogical Perspectives, edited by Elaine E. Englehardt and Michael S. Pritchard, 343–61. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78939-2_21.
  • Benya, Frazier, Rachelle Hollander, Karin Ellison, Kelly Laas, Simil Raghavan, and Thomas Powers.  “Enhancements for the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science.”  Paper.  New Orleans, Louisiana: 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 2016.  10.18260/p.26689.
Research Activity: 
  • Berne, Rosalyn, Principal Investigator.  Karin Ellison, and Kelly Laas, Co-Principal Investigators.  Transforming Ethics Education: Connecting STEM Faculty, Research Administrators, and Ethics Education Resources through the Online Ethics Center. NSF/SES #1835232.  2/1/19-1/31/2023. 
  • Ellison, Karin, Jane Maienschein, and Kenro Kusumi. Program in Life Science Ethics, SOLS, ASU. Arizona State University, Presidential Strategic Initiative Funds and School of Life Sciences. July 2016-June 2021. 
  • Hollander, Rachelle, Principal Investigator. Karin Ellison and Frazier Benya, Co-Principal Investigators. Becoming the Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Science and Engineering. NSF/SES #1355547. 2/1/14-1/31/20. 
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 610Intro Resp Conduct Research
HPS 615Biology and Society Lab
BIO 615Biology and Society Lab
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
HPS 615Biology and Society Lab
BIO 615Biology and Society Lab
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
BIO 610Intro Resp Conduct Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
HPS 615Biology and Society Lab
BIO 615Biology and Society Lab
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 610Intro Resp Conduct Research
BIO 611Topics Resp Conduct Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
HPS 620Research Prospectus Writing
BIO 620Research Prospectus Writing
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
HPS 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 610Intro Resp Conduct Research
BIO 611Topics Resp Conduct Research
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 416Biomedical Research Ethics
HPS 495Undergraduate Research
HPS 620Research Prospectus Writing
BIO 620Research Prospectus Writing
Editorships: 

Online Ethics Center, Editorial Board.

Professional Associations: 
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, member, 2013-present.                                                 
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2008-present.
  • Society for the History of Technology, 1994-present.
  • American Historical Association, 1994-present.
  • Association of Bioethics Program Directors, April 2014-December 2018.
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 
  • Biology (Biology and Society).
  • History and Philosophy of Science.
  • Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.
  • History.
Work History: 
  • Director, Life Science Ethics, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.  March 2014-present. 
  • Associate Director, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University. January 2007-present.
  • Executive Director, Bioethics, Policy and Law Program, Arizona State University. January 2013-February 2014.
  • Interim Director, MA Applied Ethics and the Professions, Biomedical and Health Ethics, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University.  July 2015-June 2016.
  • Director, MA Applied Ethics and the Professions, Biomedical and Health Ethics, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.  March 2014-June 2015.
  • Executive Director, MA Applied Ethics and the Professions, Biomedical and Health Ethics, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.  January 2013-February 2014.
  • Director, Responsible Conduct of Research, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University. August 2006-December 2006.
  • Interim Assistant Dean, Research Policy and Compliance, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin–Madison. June 2005-July 2006.
  • Assistant Faculty Associate, Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison. September 2004-May 2005.
  • Compliance Specialist, Graduate School, University of Wisconsin–Madison. September 2002-July 2006.
  • Lecturer, Department of the History of Science and Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison. September 2001-December 2002.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Program in History of Science & Technology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. August 2000-May 2001.
Service: 
  • Social and Behavioral IRB, Arizona State University, August 2016-present.
  • Graduate Committee, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. Fall 2009–present.
  • BioSpine Working Group, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. Spring 2018–Spring 2021.
  • SOLS Advisory Committee, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. Sept. 2018-January 2020.
  • Intellectual Property and Institutional Review Committee, Arizona State University. July 2007-July 2016.
  • Executive Committee, Program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Graduate College, Arizona State University. 2007-June 2015.
  • RCR Advisory Group. Office of Research Integrity and Assurance, Arizona State University. August 2009- January 2011.
  • Truman Scholarship Nominating Committee. Arizona State University. August 2007-May 2010.