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Jim Wanek, Ph.D.

Associate Chair and Professor, Management • (208) 426-4987 • Mail Stop: 1625
Office Number: MBEB 2235 • Office Hours: TuW 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Dr. Wanek joined the COBE faculty in 1996, teaching human resource management classes in undergraduate and MBA programs. He has been a leader in online education for the college, teaching online since 2001, and helped develop the nationally recognized Online MBA program, and the undergraduate Online Management BBA completion program.

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Wanek held a variety of retail management positions gaining experience with employee selection, training, and performance management.  This hands-on personnel experience directly influenced his decision to pursue graduate studies and teaching in human resource management.

Dr. Wanek’s research and writing include the subjects of online education, pre-employment integrity (honesty) testing, and employee training, with published articles in Personnel Psychology, the International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Performance Improvement, and Security Journal.  He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley, and co-advisor to the student Human Resources Association at Boise State.


Ph.D., 1995, Industrial Relations: Human Resource Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
M.A., 1991, Human Resource Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
B.S., 1981, General Business Administration, Winona State University, Winona, MN.

Teaching Areas

MBA and undergraduate Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior courses.

Featured Publications

The Relationship of HR Professional Online Experience with Perceptions of Organizational Hiring and Promotion of Online Graduates (with Gundy Kaupins & Malcolm Coco). Journal of Education for Business, 201, 89, 222-229.

Human Resource Manager Perceptions of Online Course Reimbursement. International Journal of Management and Human Resources (with Gundy Kaupins & Malcolm Coco). 2(1), Summer 2014, 2(1), 29-47.

Voluntary Domestic Partner Benefits in North Texas (with Gundy Kaupins & Malcolm Coco). Voluntary Benefits Magazine July 8, 2010.

Virtually Settled: Tips for Online Labor Negotiation Projects. Journal of Human Resources Education, Winter 2009, 3(1).

HR Professional Perceptions of Human Resource Information Systems (with Gundy Kaupins & Malcolm Coco). International Journal of Business and Public Administration, Spring 2009, Vol. 6, No. 1, 100-112.

Towards an Understanding of Integrity Test Similarities and Differences: An Item-level Analysis of Seven Tests (with Paul Sackett & Deniz Ones). Personnel Psychology, 2003, 56, 873-894.

Integrity Testing: An Overview (with Paul Sackett). Special edition of Security Journal, February 2002, 8, 11-18.

Areas of Expertise

Online education
Employee selection methods
Integrity testing and personality measures
Diversity issues in the workplace

Awards and Accomplishments

Certified Peer Reviewer in the Quality Matters Rubric for online courses since 2009