Visiting Faculty are individuals who hold a doctoral degree and an academic appointment at another institution and who wish to visit Stanford while on leave from their home institution. They may be paid or unpaid, and must provide proof of leave. They are appointed for one year, renewable once.
Visiting Instructors may be engaging for a year or less in advanced training in an area for which there is no formal course of study. Visiting Instructors are not required to have a home institution, but they are expected to be “visitors,” in the sense that they plan to go on to another institution for further study at the end of their time at Stanford.
These documents provide further clarification on Visiting Faculty and other short-term teaching titles:
Quick - What's My Visitor's Line? - Quick reference chart to identify the appropriate teaching title for an academic visitor.
What's My Visitor's Line? - More details on differences between Visiting Scholars, Visiting Faculty and Consulting Faculty, with updates on Visiting Instructors and an FAQ.
Chapter 5.4, Visiting Faculty, SoM Faculty Handbook - Description of Visiting Faculty ranks and policies.
- Chapter 5.5, Visiting Instructors, SoM Faculty Handbook - Description of Visiting Faculty ranks and policies.
Appointments and Reappointments
These web pages provide detailed, step-by-step instructions, checklists, and letter templates used in appointing and reappointing Visiting Faculty or Visiting Instructors:
Visiting Faculty with Salary - How to appoint, reappoint, and change FTE for paid Visiting Faculty.
Visiting Faculty without Salary - How to appoint and reappoint unpaid Visiting Faculty.
Visiting Instructors with Salary - How to appoint, reappoint, and change FTE for paid Visiting Instructors.
Visiting Instructors without Salary - How to appoint and reappoint unpaid Visiting Instructors.