3MT Winner Spotlight | Joel Beidleman

Joel Beidleman

"During my research, my doctoral committee was a tremendous asset in providing support and ongoing critical thinking moments. I continue to be amazed at the level of support provided by Hood College faculty and highly recommend the doctorate experience to others who are interested in pursuing the degree."

Joel Beidleman, DOL'21

Program

  • Organizational Leadership (DOL)
  • Business Administration (DBA)

Department

  • The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business
  • Education

Hood’s 6th annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, an internationally recognized event in which graduate students use one slide and three minutes to present their chosen research topic, was held virtually this spring due to COVID-19. 

Joel Beidleman, a current student in Hood's Doctorate of Organizational Leadership program, won 1st place for his talk on "Psychological Safe School Environments." Joel is currently the principal of William H. Farquhar Middle School in Montgomery County, and has been in education for over 20 years.

We spoke with Joel to get some insight on why he chose to compete in Hood’s 3MT and how his experience in the DOL program prepared him for the event. 

Why did you choose Hood College and the DOL program?

I was connected to the program outcomes of providing opportunities for leaders to think critically with creativity in order to achieve career goals.

I believe the integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study provided opportunities to prepare me for research and civil engagement.

Why did you choose to speak about "Psychological Safe School Environments"?

I felt it was important to participate in this event and showcase my research on Psychologically Safe School Environments.

This study of 230 Maryland Middle Schools is an analytical quantitative design, more specifically, a correlation study to determine if there is an association between psychological safe school environments (PSSE) and student; overall literacy achievement (OLA), literacy achievement of economically impacted (EILA), and non-economically impacted (NILA).

An economic moderator (ECOZ), economics of school attendance area by zip code of school, is considered as it may strengthen or weaken the correlation between the two variables.

This study provided statistical data with interpretations on Maryland middle schools with hopes that the research will drive researchers to seek out identified schools and uncover practices that will increase the likelihood of psychological safety for students.

What did you enjoy the most about the 3MT event and how did you prepare?

The faculty in the Doctorate of Organizational Leadership program provide ongoing opportunities for students to discuss their thinking and research topics. On several occasions we discuss the specifics of our research and the impact it will have on practitioners and future literature.

In preparation for the 3MT competition, I utilized the feedback from my 2021 cohort to determine specific points within my research that should be highlighted. I credit the entire cohort for working together and strengthening the work of each student.

During my research, my doctoral committee was a tremendous asset in providing support and ongoing critical thinking moments. I continue to be amazed at the level of support provided by Hood College faculty, and highly recommend the doctorate experience to others who are interested in pursuing a doctorate.

Inspired by Joel’s story and ready to #GOFURTHER in your career? Learn about Hood’s graduate programs, including the Doctorate of Organization Leadership program, by clicking here.