About Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is the governing body for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. It is the official organizational body that develops and approves the school's policies. It is also the official channel through which the faculty may consult with the dean.  

The Faculty Council represents the faculty in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

To contact the Steering Committee, please email to jacobsfacultycouncil@buffalo.edu, or contact any of the members of the Faculty Council Steering Committee.

The Faculty Council's responsibilities include policies and procedures governing:

  • the curriculum of the school
  • student admissions
  • student academic progress
  • awarding of degrees
  • faculty appointment, promotion and tenure
  • grievance procedures
  • diversity
  • space allocation
  • conflict of interest
  • the organizational structure of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Serving on the Faculty Council is a great way to learn about the medical school and to develop relationships with colleagues. It is also a great way to make a difference: we welcome all who want to serve.


The Faculty Council consists of representatives from each clinical and basic science department, with the number of representatives proportional to the number of faculty in the department. There are 65 representatives and 30 alternates in Faculty Council, each serving a one-year term.

Committees and Meetings

The Faculty Council meets monthly on the last Wednesday of each month (except July and December) at 5:00 p.m.

The leadership of the Faculty Council is the Steering Committee, and it meets on the second Wednesday of each month. The Steering Committee is a mix of clinical and basic science faculty, and it changes yearly.  

The Faculty Council has a number of standing committees that do much of the work of the Faculty Council.