Assistant Clinical Professor and Co-Director for the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program

Kupiri “Piri” Ackerman-Barger is an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She teaches instructional methodology in health sciences, social determinants of health, collaborative practice and organizational change. As co-director of the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program at UC Davis Health, she provides faculty development on topics related to pedagogy, interprofessional education and education equity.

Ackerman-Barger’s academic interests relate to health equity and social justice. She has a particular interest in preparing nurse leaders and nurse educators to promote diversity and inclusion in academic and health care settings. She conducts research and serves as a national consultant and speaker on strategies to help underserved and under-represented groups in health professions thrive academically.

Ackerman-Barger earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Humboldt State University. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education from California State University, Sacramento, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Ackerman-Barger has been published in Academic Medicine, Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity, Journal of Cultural Diversity and Journal of Nursing Informatics.

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