Publication Date

Spring 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Elizabeth L. Shoenfelt (Director), Reagan D. Brown, and Katrina A. Burch

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


In any organization, universities included, the development of quality personnel to perform work is of paramount importance. Thus, the ability to identify individual employee strengths and weaknesses and provide constructive feedback is vital. In this thesis I discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various performance appraisal formats, before suggesting behaviorally anchored rating scales (BARS) as an optimal tool in evaluating the performance of university faculty. I discuss BARS development in depth, as well as highlight BARS strengths as a performance appraisal tool. I further outline the process used and results obtained in updating the BARS used in the performance evaluation of Western Kentucky University Psychological Sciences Faculty, and discuss how it compares to the previous BARS development process.


Applied Behavior Analysis | Human Resources Management | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology