The Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program (ITSP) is a unique faculty development program sponsored by the School of Medicine and  the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, with the mission of fostering a collaborative and innovative interprofessional learning community. We subscribe to the notion that faculty development is "a systematic process of promoting the personal and professional development of faculty to meet the educational goals, mission and values of our institution, with the ultimate purpose of providing service and socially responsive and responsible care for the communities we serve."

Our guiding motto is: From Teachers to Educators to Educational Scholars and Leaders

Mission: To foster the development of a collaborative and innovative interprofessional teaching and learning community

Goal: To enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of faculty in health professions education and to promote the development of change agents and educational leaders who will affect the culture of education.

Vision: “From Teachers to Educators to Educational Scholars and Leaders”

  • Promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes of faculty related to the theory and practice of health professions education from an interprofessional perspective
  • Create change agents who promote the professionalization of education
  • Facilitate scholarship and leadership in health professions education
  • Promote strategies to optimize professional satisfaction of faculty in their role as educators

After completing this program, scholars will be able to:

  • Apply educational theory as it relates to health professions education
  • Model interprofessional collaboration in education, research/scholarship, leadership and practice
  • Promote cognitive diversity, inclusion and health equity through collaborative education, scholarship and leadership
  • Design, implement and evaluate curricula using a systematic approach
  • Demonstrate innovative learner - centered approaches to teaching and learning in a variety of settings
  • Promote educational excellence through leadership and advocacy
  • Participate in the production and dissemination of educational scholarship

Program Leadership

Kupiri W. Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N., assistant adjunct professor in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and Craig Keenan, M.D., professor in the Department of Internal Medicine of UC Davis School of Medicine, co-direct the program.

Kupiri W. Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N.

Kupiri W. Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N.
Co-Director
Betty Irene Moore School
of Nursing
packerman@ucdavis.edu