The University of Georgia encourages faculty members to invite distinguished persons to come to campus as a visiting faculty member. The term visiting is not a rank; rather it is an adjective modifying established faculty ranks. Typically, visitors are at the ranks of associate professor and professor. However, there is no policy that prohibits visiting assistant professors. A visiting faculty member usually is associated with a department or school for a short time, normally not in excess of one year. Visitors may be researchers, teachers, public service scholars, or any combination thereof. The appointment of a visiting faculty member follows the same procedural steps as that of any other faculty appointment.