Assistant Director for the Master's Entry Program in Nursing and Assistant Adjunct Professor

Kupiri “Piri” Ackerman-Barger is an assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She teaches Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership master’s degree — leadership and doctoral students and developed two of her three courses into cross-campus hybrid courses that utilize innovative technology and instructional design strategies.

Ackerman-Barger’s academic interest is the preparation of nurse leaders and nurse educators with the capability and desire to promote diversity in nursing education, thereby promoting comprehensive access to health care. Her research focuses on increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the nursing workforce.

Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Ackerman-Barger taught as an assistant professor in nursing at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and as a nursing instructor at College of the Redwood in Eureka, Calif. She served on Humboldt State University’s Making Excellence Inclusive Team. She also assisted with online course instruction at the University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing and Trinity College of Nursing in Rock Island, Ill. Prior to teaching, Ackerman-Barger was a hospital nursing administrative supervisor and critical care and emergency department charge nurse.

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 the Journal of Nursing Education.

Contact Information: Phone: 916-734-8912 | Email: packerman@ucdavis.edu