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Mission Statement:

The Faculty Advisory Council (FAC) is an organized body with the mission to represent and promote faculty members' interests to foster academic and clinical development. It pursues its mission by functioning as advisor/consultant to the Chair and Division Directors for problems related to faculty activity.


The FAC is composed of six members representing every division in the Department of Pathology. The members are proposed and elected by each division and serve a 2-year term.


  • Identify problems or areas that could be improved in the Pathology Department.
  • Survey the faculty for ideas aiming to improve our academic and clinical activities and organize the prioritization of the proposals.
  • Advise the Chair and Division Directors on the problems that need to be addressed and recommend optimal solutions for their resolution.
  • Advocate new ideas and projects proposed by faculty to the Chair and coordinate their implementation.


  • The FAC meets at least once quarterly to coordinate council activity.
  • The FAC meets periodically with the Chair and FAC representatives rotate participation at PDG meetings and faculty meetings.
  • The FAC compiles and distributes proposals for the faculty in exchange for their feedback.
  • The FAC collates faculty feedback and delineates proposals which represent the majority interest of the faculty.
  • The FAC presents such proposals to the Chair and actively pursues and/or coordinates their implementation.
  • All faculty members are encouraged to contact their FAC division representative with problems or proposals.

Accomplished past projects:

  • Establishing a Departmental newsletter.
  • Institution of a faculty seed grant award.
  • Promoting mentoring activities among faculty and trainees.

Faculty Advisory Council current members:




Paul Benson

Anatomic Pathology


Sameer Al-Diffalha

Anatomic Pathology


Adam Wilberger

Laboratory Medicine


Steve Lim

Molecular and Cellular Pathology stevelim@uabmc.edu

Girish Melkani Molecular and Cellular Pathology

Nirupama Singh Laboratory Medicine nirupamasingh@uabmc.edu

Feel free to contact your divisional representative for more information or to send a proposal.