The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis values volunteer clinical professors as important partners in education. These individuals play a significant role in the mission to transform health care through  education, research and leadership. Volunteer clinical professors are community volunteers who teach and conduct research in various health care and community settings. The appointment constitutes a valuable way to utilize a volunteer’s interest on a part-time, non-salaried, voluntary basis in the areas of teaching and system-change research.

Many School of Nursing volunteer clinical professors are registered nurses or physician assistants, but experts from many other fields are also eligible, including social work, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and law, among others. Generally, an advanced degree is required. Other skills may include policy expertise, significant public service, community leadership and collaborative research. Based on experience, volunteer clinical faculty are appointed at the rank of instructor, assistant, associate or full clinical professor.

Appointees must contribute significantly to Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing programs and their appointments should reflect important and even unique service to the university. The appointments are not used for political or honorary purposes. Similarly, reappointments and promotions should reflect continued university service. Appointees in this series must contribute annually by participating in teaching and research.

Volunteer clinical professor appointments receive no university compensation. For an individual who is employed by the university, or who holds a salaried, clinical appointment paid by a UC Davis Health affiliated site, a concurrent Without Salary Appointment (WOS) must be made in the health sciences clinical professor series (See APM 278, UCD APM 278).

Types of appointments:

  • Clinical instructor, volunteer series – Minimum of 20 hours of UC Davis Health or School of Nursing service per academic year.
  • Assistant, associate, or clinical professor, volunteer series – Minimum of 50 volunteer hours of UC Davis Health System or School of Nursing service per academic year.

Expectations may vary by expertise.

Volunteer clinical professors must complete 20 hours of service to the School of Nursing with a combination of the following opportunities:

  • Volunteer Teacher/Future Faculty Small group facilitator for clinical courses – Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant students at the School of Nursing spend class time working in simulation labs and clinical environments Mon-Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm.
  • Volunteer Researcher provide collaborative expertise and consultation to School of Nursing sponsored research projects and programs.

Benefits as a volunteer clinical professor member:

  • Collaboration with graduate students
  • UC Davis Health identification badge
  • Library privileges, including remote access to more than 20,000 online books, more than 50,000 online journals and other database resources
  • Select bookstore discounts
  • Campus activities and recreation center discounts
  • Email account
  • Eligibility for parking permit
  • Advanced degree
  • Volunteer clinical professors who receive appointment in a faculty series that requires teaching must demonstrate teaching previous experience (such as evaluations)
  • Current students are not eligible

Interested applicants should submit the following documents to

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Appointment proposal form (here)
  • Letter of intent
  • Teaching evaluations (if applicable)
  • Primary verification of licenses and certifications to practice in your field
  • Background check authorization form (here)

Please note: volunteer clinical professor positions are subject to the same background check policies as all UC Davis Health employees.

Once submitted, a School of Nursing team member will contact you within two weeks. Please contact the school with any questions.

Volunteer clinical faculty members must complete at least 20 hours of service to the School of Nursing per year. This can be fulfilled through a combination of guest lecturing, small group facilitating, preceptorship, mentorship, and/or research.

Please contact us at for upcoming opportunities for volunteer clinical faculty.