This study describes the use of the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) in the dean selection process. A subcommittee of the dean search task force created an order-ranking based upon group discussions as well as through the application of the AHP. The results of the two processes were compared against the Provost's final decision. Discrepancies were analyzed and explained. The results suggest that root cause of the differences was a variation in emphasis on certain criteria. The authors conclude that AHP is a valuable tool and should be incorporated into personnel selection processes in academia. The AHP provides a convenient and effective tool for evaluating personnel. Fears that it might prove overly complex or difficult for non-technical people to use proved to be unfounded.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Modeling and Simulation
- Computer Science Applications