The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks innovative and highly motivated master’s-degree or doctorally prepared physician assistants to join the faculty in the Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program at UC Davis Health in Sacramento, California.

A dynamic team of interprofessional faculty focuses on preparing new primary-care providers, including physician assistants and family nurse practitioners, especially for underserved areas. Nearly 60 percent of UC Davis physician assistant graduates work in primary care. Launched with a vision to advance health through leadership, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis seeks physician assistant faculty to collaborate with faculty from multiple disciplines and further this vision to prepare clinicians who deliver care as members of health care teams. Faculty fully participate in the development of the school’s high-impact and interprofessional programs.

Physician assistant faculty provide a combination of clinical care and clinical teaching activities, including didactic instruction, clinical skills lab instruction, curriculum development and assessment and coordination of course activities related to the didactic and clinical phases of the program.

Part-time and full-time, non-tenured positions at the assistant and associate rank in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor (HSCP) Series are available at UC Davis Health, which is located on a modern, 140-acre campus in Sacramento, California. The Sacramento campus is home to the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center (including a level-I trauma center and burn unit, and a full range of outpatient services), a fully accredited children’s hospital, and an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center. Practice locations include UC Davis Health Medical Center, UC Davis department and primary care network clinics, Sacramento County clinics, local FQHCs and other clinical sites.

Teaching responsibilities

Responsibilities include working in collaboration with the program directors and program faculty to ensure quality program curriculum and instruction in the didactic phase of the program. Duties include course management, teaching, skills labs, student advisement, and student formative and summative evaluation. Responsibilities may also include participation in student remediation, test writing and analysis, program admissions, accreditation processes, and program assessment to include serving on committees essential to the nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs and school’s functioning. 

Clinical responsibilities

This role could include direct patient care and precepting graduate physician assistant students from the School of Nursing. The clinical placements may be at UC Davis Health or in an external community setting. The incumbent mentors students in the clinical setting. This includes overseeing procedures, providing feedback and assisting with training. Specific roles will vary depending on experience levels and the needs of the School of Nursing.

These faculty will also be involved in scholarly activity and committee service commensurate with this position. Successful part-time candidates will do a pro-rated portion of the activities described above.


A candidate for appointment in the HSCP Series is evaluated by the following criteria, which is appropriately weighted according to the primary emphasis on clinical and clinically relevant teaching and patient care services and also according to the needs of the school and the individual’s responsibilities in the specific discipline. The four criteria are:

  1. Teaching
  2. Professional competence and activity
  3. Scholarly or creative activity
  4. University and public service

Diversity, equity and inclusion

All individuals in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing are accountable for maintaining and fostering a culture of inclusion, as outlined in the school’s diversity and inclusion web page.

All candidates are evaluated on their contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Basic qualification: a master’s degree or doctoral degree (e.g. EdD, PhD) is required. The candidate must meet the following qualifications, depending on profession:

  1. Graduate of a nationally accredited physician assistant program with active PA national certification.
  2. Possess D.E.A. certification or be eligible for certification as applicable.
  3. Possess B.L.S. (C.P.R.) certification.
  4. Eligible for allied health professional credentialing.
  5. Candidates must have worked a minimum of three years as a licensed PA (five years preferred).
  6. Must be comfortable in a highly interactive teaching/learning environment that includes collaborative teaching, significant faculty/student interaction, and strong clinical integration.
  7. Must demonstrate excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  8. Prior experience teaching in a PA program is desirable and five years working as a licensed PA is preferred.

Successful candidates will value the school’s mission and core values, and support the university’s commitment to community service, equitable care for all, strategic planning, and the intellectual and professional development of all students.

Academic rank and salary are commensurate with credentials and experience. The university offers a comprehensive benefits package.


All candidates must submit a cover letter describing how they will complement the mission and vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, a curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three professional references, a statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a statement of teaching philosophy. One complete set of teaching evaluations is optional.

Applicants should apply online at the UC Davis Recruit website.

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please email

UC Davis is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.