Newsletter Highlight – Nurturing Innovation in Teaching

Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program invites applicants for 2019-2021

Nurturing innovation in teaching

When Michael Schick, D.O., sought to diversify his teaching skills, he decided to apply to the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program (ITSP). Susan L. Adams, Ph.D., R.N., N.P., turned to ITSP to prepare her for interprofessional teaching. Both Schick and Adams composed part of the 2016–17 ITSP cohort of UC Davis Health faculty members.

“ITSP can be particularly beneficial to faculty members who wish to become a program director or a course director, or prepare for other leadership roles in education,” said Keenan, who has been co-director since the program was launched.

Piri Ackerman-Barger enrolled in the inaugural 2014–15 ITSP cohort in her quest to gain new insights about interprofessional education in the context of culturally competent healthcare.

“ITSP flourishes with a wide variety of health professions disciplines represented in the group,” said Ackerman-Barger, an assistant clinical professor of nursing who now in her third year as co-director of ITSP.

Year 1

The program entails approximately 30 in-person, 3-hour seminars held on Thursday afternoons between October and June.

A commitment of approximately 5 hours for each of these sessions is required.

Year 2

During the second year, scholars will complete their scholarly project with continued mentorship from the program. This well entail:

  • Periodic check-in meetings, e.g., at least every 1 to 3 months
  • Presentation of the project at the end of the year

Topics Include:

  • Learner-Centered Education
  • Interprofessional Education Strategies
  • Curriculum Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Educational Scholarship and Research
  • Promoting Inclusion, Diversity & Equity in Health Professions Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Clinical Education Strategies
  • Providing Effective Feedback
  • Learner Evaluation and Remediation
  • Educational Leadership and Career Development

Previous scholars have shared:

“The program provided an opportunity to enhance and refine my teaching skills with an interprofessional group of faculty. Through my ITSP experience, I built relationships with members of the Vet Med faculty, which allowed the development of an IPE class for our grad nursing and vet med students.”

Susan Adams, R.N., assistant clinical professor,
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


“I joined ITSP because I wanted the tools and knowledge to be an excellent educator. ITSP provided me a diverse set of educational methods and new ideas that I have already utilized in my courses.”

Michael Schick, D.O., assistant clinical professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Director of Technology-Enabled Active Learning


“Through my participation in the program I gained a deeper understanding of dissemination and leadership roles in education. Guest speakers in our seminars included leaders who spoke about strategies and approaches that worked well for them in their classroom experiences. Those talks and mentorship opportunities that developed through ITSP were really valuable.”

Piri Ackerman-Barger, Ph.D., R.N., health sciences assistant clinical professor
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

By | 2019-07-22T21:46:34+00:00 March 6, 2019|Teaching|