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 methodology in health sciences, social determinants of health, collaborative practice and organizational change. She also provides faculty development on nursing pedagogy, interprofessional education and education equity through the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program at UC Davis Health.

Ackerman-Barger’s academic interests relate to health equity and social justice. She has a particular interest in the preparation of nurse leaders and nurse educators with the capability and desire to promote diversity in nursing school as a mechanism for increasing nursing workforce diversity. She conducts research and serves as a national consultant and speaker on strategies to optimize student success for underserved and underrepresented groups in health professions.

Prior to joining the School of Nursing, Ackerman-Barger taught as an assistant professor in nursing at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and as a nursing instructor at College of the Redwood in Eureka, California. She served on Humboldt State University’s Making Excellence Inclusive Team. Prior to teaching, Ackerman-Barger was a hospital nursing administrative supervisor and critical care 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 Academic Medicine, Journal of Nursing Education, Journal of Theory Construction and Testing, Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity and Journal of Cultural Diversity.

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