A long-time vegan, Aimee Dars Ellis is passionate about animal welfare and social justice. She serves on the Tompkins County SPCA Development Committee and is the Secretary of the Board of the Center for Transformative Action. Additionally, she volunteers with Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program. Aimee is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Currently, Aimee is working on freelance writing projects and completing an M.S. in Curriculum Design and Informational Technology through the University at Albany (SUNY). She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University, her M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, and her B.A. from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Employee Attitudes and Behaviors, was a finalist for the prestigious Newman Award. Aimee’s research and teaching interests include corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and employee engagement. She is particularly interested in how participation in corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives affects employees. A secondary focus research focus surrounds the mechanisms of cause rebates. Her articles have been published in The Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Research Management Review, Journal of Product and Brand Management, and Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal. She serves on the Editorial Board of The Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal. Formerly an Assistant Professor of Management at Ithaca College, she developed three courses, “Managing for Business Sustainability,” “Social Entrepreneurship,” and “Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility.”
In her free time, Aimee enjoys spending time with her husband, George, and three dogs (Lily, Walter, and Norman), knitting, blogging, making jewelry, reading, and traveling (during which her favorite activity is visiting museums). She is an avid postcard collector and maintains a separate blog highlighting vintage postcards at The Postman Loves Me.