Awards of excellence in institutions of higher education: An AHP approach

Masood A. Badri, Mohammed H. Abdulla

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    This paper examines how institutions of higher education might operationalize faculty performance evaluation in terms of research, teaching, and university and community service. An analytic hierarchy process model is developed and presented, allowing decision makers to couple performance evaluation and academic reward/awards and recognitions offered by institutions of higher education, and provides an objective way to compare faculty members. Weights are provided for each of the criteria in the evaluation process for a more objective outcome. Reward/award systems might include promotion decisions, merit pay, tenure, long-term contracts, and annual reward/awards of excellence in research, teaching or service. The model might be used to make judgment on the qualification of candidates for such systems, and could be used on the department level, college level, or university-wide level. In addition, the model could rank faculty members within each discipline or major. An illustrative example is provided of the model at the United Arab Emirates University.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)224-242
    Number of pages19
    JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


    • Analytical hierarchy process
    • Centres of excellence
    • Higher education
    • United Arab Emirates

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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