Long Range Plan


To develop and maintain excellent programs of research and teaching in physiology, an integrative discipline that addresses questions of biological function using approaches ranging from molecular to whole-organism levels.

Core Values

  • Excellence achieved by integration of research and teaching
  • Inclusiveness and diversity of people and ideas
  • Student and trainee success
  • Students are put first
  • Faculty and staff career development
  • Open exchange and dissemination of information
  • Collegiality and civility

Long Range Vision

PSIO demonstrates by its programs and actions that it is one of the leading research departments at the University of Arizona and an internationally recognized center for physiology teaching.

1. Science and Medicine

  • Discoveries by PSIO faculty lead to a reduction in disease or disability.
  • Innovative research methodologies developed by PSIO faculty are adopted researchers at different universities.
  • New funding sources enhance scope and stability of PSIO research groups.
  • PSIO research labs are located in themes and centers as well as in the department of Physiology.
  • PSIO research labs draw participation from scientists in other field.

2. Teaching

  • Faculty in themes and centers teach in PSIO courses
  • Trainees remain active as physiologists.
  • PSIO training represents good value for the trainee
  • PSIO trains individuals (students, postdocs, employees) who are sought after by recruiters and admission committees
  • PSIO trainees become leaders
  • PSIO has strong links with the Physiological Science GIDP and other related GIDPs
  • New funding sources enhance quality of teaching.
  • PSIO develops teaching methodologies that are adopted by faculty at other universities
3. Governance
  • PSIO governance structure is consistent with the department goals and needs.
  • PSIO is financially well managed and looks after the job security of faculty and staff.
  • PSIO provides administrative support for faculty and staff in themes and centers at the university
  • PSIO has productive, collaborative partnerships with research, teaching and biomedical organizations at the UA and elsewhere.
  • PSIO faculty and staff serve in leadership roles in the university, community and professional societies.
  • Policy makers rely upon PSIO for advice on priorities.


Goal 1: Excellence in Research

To achieve this goal PSIO will: Strategies:
Develop a consortium for
physiological research in
cardiovascular injury and disease,
including diabetes, and sex differences.
• Establish an interdisciplinary basic and clinical
research consortium (2.05) focused on the
physiological and biophysical processes relevant to
cardiovascular injury and disease.
• Create a critical mass of researchers (2.06) competitive
for program project grants (2.07).
• Faculty will be responsible for education in
cardiovascular physiology in the AzMed, graduate and
undergraduate curricula including provision of research
training opportunities for students and clinical trainees
Develop an initiative on the physiology
of neuromotor and neurodegenerative
• Expand partnerships between neurophysiologists,
neurologists, biomedical engineers and mathematicians
(2.04) to build advanced neuroprosthetic devices and
solve complex problems related to disorders of the
human brain and spinal cord.
• Create commercial partnerships with the goal of
bringing devices to pilot production (2.09).
• Emphasize neurophysiology in an integrated
physiology curriculum and provide clinicians, students
and translational medical researchers with research
training opportunities in neurophysiology and device
development (1.04).
Improve the research environment. • Invest in seminars, retreats and conferences as a means
to stimulate and promote research collaboration.
• Establish a mouse phenotyping core facility housed in
• Invest in bridge funding and support for pilot data
• Train principal administrative staff in new approaches
e.g. UAccess Research.
• Increase administrative support for grants management,
accounting and electronic grants submission.
• Faculty-staff liaison committee coordinates needs
assessments and identifies training solutions.
• Increase administrative support for compliance and
related issues; IRB, IACUC, MTA.



Goal 2: Excellence in the Physiology education pipeline

To achieve this goal PSIO will: Strategies:
Develop mechanisms to coordinate and
integrate medical teaching.
• Have a Director of Medical Education.
• Have representatives on each AZmed Block Team.
• Invest in the continued development of faculty as
educators (1.01).
• Facilitate opportunities for student exposure to research
Integrate physiology graduate teaching
with the PSGIDP and other units at the
• Have physiology faculty in leadership roles (e.g.
Teaching Committee chair) in the Physiological
Sciences GIDP.
• Physiology faculty members contribute to other
biomedical science graduate programs.
• Graduate students gain teaching experience as TAs in
PSIO courses.
• Physiology GTAs support PSGIDP students and a
limited number of non-PSGIDP students.
Strengthen program assessment,
student retention and community
• Clearly articulate expected competencies of graduate
and undergraduate students.
• Develop and implement student retention tools such as
PSIOweb and PSIOnet.
• Curriculum Committee will continually evaluate PSIO
course offerings and staffing.
• Forge relationships with the media and K-12 teachers.
Address needs and opportunities
associated with increased enrollment.
• Articulate need for an increase in base state funding.
• Recruit additional teaching faculty and academic
• Make use of Teaching Track faculty appointments.
• Create and introduce rigorous online and hybrid upper
division courses.
• Develop an Undergraduate Physiology Center that
includes labs, study areas and facilities for interactive
• Develop alternative teaching methods.
Integrate physiology undergraduate
teaching with other units at the UA.
• Maintain a close liaison with leaders and department
heads in the College of Science.
• Establish a Life Sciences-Biology teaching focus