NEWS | June 1, 2009

New nursing school seeks visionary founding faculty

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis conducts two searches


The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks visionary nurse educators and researchers to join the founding faculty and help establish the new nursing school at UC Davis Sacramento campus.

The founding faculty will have the unique opportunity to participate in the design, establishment and inception of an extensive faculty-development program, and transform health care through nursing research and innovative curriculum. Full-time academic positions are available at the assistant, associate or full professor-in-residence series level for the doctorate, master’s and future baccalaureate degree programs.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent societal needs through five core attributes:

  • Leadership development — build capacity for advocacy and action at all levels.
  • Interprofessional/interdisciplinary education — health professionals learn multiple perspectives to work and communicate as teams.
  • Transformative research — apply the science of nursing to improve health and reshape health systems with emphasis on aging, rural health and diverse communities.
  • Cultural inclusiveness — teach culturally appropriate approaches to care and involve communities to design and conduct relevant research.
  • Innovative technology — use technology to create an engaged and interactive approach to nursing education, research and practice.

This model is designed to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity that couples academic rigor common to both nursing and medicine with interdisciplinary and interprofessional educational opportunities in basic sciences, humanities, public health, business administration and information technology. The school anticipates admitting its first students in the master’s and doctorate degree programs in fall 2010. Additional programs and students will be phased in over the next decade.

The new school is seeking faculty emphasizing scholarship in the areas of population health and health systems. The population-health focus includes special emphasis on rural, aging and diverse communities. Scholarship and research interest in the area of health systems includes health policy, system-level intervention and analysis, and informatics.

The founding faculty will have a distinguished record of research and experience in curriculum and educational program development. Nursing faculty will play a key role in the development of the school’s curricula as well as be engaged in service activities including committee appointments and professional activities at local, state, regional and national levels. Qualified candidates must possess a doctorate degree. A Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, with experience in curricula and educational program development, postdoctoral training or academic experience as well as teaching, research and scholarship with areas of special emphasis in population health and/or health systems are  preferred.

For full position announcement and application instructions, interested applicants should visit UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.

For 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California and to transform the world. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009, UC Davis' first major initiative to address society's most pressing health-care problems in the next 100 years. The school was launched through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school will discover knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school anticipates accepting its first class for the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of the UC Davis Health System, an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 613-bed-acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center and the 800-member physician group known as the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit