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New Leadership in the Departments of Management and Marketing

Mark BuchananMark Buchanan has been selected as the new chair of the Department of Management.

Mark Buchanan is a long-time faculty member, joining the college in 1996 and serving twice as director of International Business Programs. He is a licensed attorney and professor of international business law, ethics and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to coming to Boise in 1996 he was a tenured member of the faculty of law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He has twice been awarded overseas Fulbright Professorships. He has focused his research interests on corporate social responsibility in the international context, including interfaces with World Trade Organization related policies with an emphasis on international labor standards. He was a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility project culminating in 2010 and has also worked with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He is a member of the International Law Sections of both the Idaho and American Bar Associations. He is a Certified Global Business Practitioner under the auspices of NASBITE and a Certified CSR/Sustainability Practitioner under the auspices of the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence.

jim wanekAnother change in the Department of Management is the appointment of Jim Wanek as an associate chair.

Jim Wanek came to COBE as a faculty member in 1996. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of human resource management. Wanek has also provided service to the college in numerous ways, such as helping to hire and mentoring faculty. He has been developing and teaching online courses since 2001, and is a certified peer reviewer in the Quality Matters Rubric Standards for online courses. His research interests include employee selection methods and processes including pre-employment testing and interviewing, and issues of diversity and fairness in the workplace.

kirk smithKirk Smith is the new chair of the Department of Marketing.

Kirk Smith has a strong history of leadership in the College of Business and Economics, serving previously as department chair for 6 years and associate dean for graduate programs for 10 years.

Prior to joining academia, Smith spent nearly a decade in the industrial work world. He introduced new products and led the successful turnaround to profitability for two companies. A mechanical engineer converted to business strategist, he specializes in marketing strategy, professional selling and critical thinking skills.

Smith has provided programs and services for numerous local companies including Biomark, Closed Loop Marketing, Extended Systems, Hewlett-Packard, MotivePower, Stellar Dynamics, and Washington Group International.

He has won teaching awards at both the University of Houston and Boise State University. His published research has appeared in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, and the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education.

Susan Park, former chair of the Department of Management will return to faculty. Park is beginning her second year on the editorial board of the American Business Law Journal.

Former interim chair of the Department of Marketing, Karen Corral, will continue as chair of the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management.


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