Molly Wickam

Job Titles


Dr. Wickam is the program director for the Bethel Graduate School's MA Teaching and the Bethel College of Adult & Professional Studies' business programs.

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel University - BA Business; BA Political Science, 1991
  • Northern Illinois University - MBA, 1996
  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 2015
  • National University - Single-subject CLAD teaching credential in business education and social studies education, 2002


Wickam has a corporate background in software product marketing, insurance risk management, property & casualty claims and marketing and was a small-business owner.  In higher education, she started two graduate education licensure endorsement programs and three adult undergraduate business degrees. She currently directs both the MA Teaching (licenses in Business 5-12, Comm. Arts & Literature 5-12, General Science 5-8, Chemistry 9-12, Life Science 9-12, Physics 9-12, Math 5-12, Social Studies 5-12, ESL K-12, Visual Arts K-12, and Spanish K-12) and the BS Accounting, BS Business Management, BS Finance, and BS Management Information Systems. Her research intersts include business education, business capstones, service-learning, and Holocaust education. 


2017 Outstanding Doctoral Research in Business Education Award, Association for Research in Business Education

2016 Selected (from a competitive application process) to attend the Innovator's Summit at The White House, Washington, D.C., hosted by the U.S. Department of Education

2016 Selected (from a competitive application process) to attend a week of intensive Holocaust Education training at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

2011-2012 Ray G. Price Student Research and Fellowship Award, University of Minnesota

2005 Awarded Jr. Achievement "Teacher of the Year" San Diego, California


Wickam, M.J. (2017, Fall).  Employability skills with purpose:  Service-learning in graduate business education. The Journal of Research in Business Education, 58(2).  

Wickam, M. J. (2015). Enhancing employability skills in graduate business programs: Service-learning in capstone courses. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,



Wickam, M.J., Finley, L., & Saeger, K. (2020). Assessing alignment of entrepreneurial spirit to job descriptions seeking business administration or management undergraduates. Journal of Education for Business, 95(1).

Saeger, K., Diemer, K., Finley, L., Hutchinson, G., Lammers, M.A., McCune, K., Mitchell, R., O'Connor, M., Orr, D., Schoenrock, R., Stout, M.T., Stanislawski, D., Sydow, S., Wickam, M., & Wiedmaier, C. (2019). The business education advantage for closing the employability skills gap. The CTE Journal, 7(1).  Retrieved from:

Wickam, M.J. (2019, June).  Holocaust curriculum used by Christian English and social studies teachers: An exploratory study.  Educational Research Quarterly, 42(4), 60-79. 

Wickam, M.J. (2018).  How written and oral reflection in MBA capstones enhance the ability to complete a service-learning project.  Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 18(4), 43-54.

Wickam, M. (2017, April 12).  Employability skills with purpose:  Service-learning in graduate business education.   Business Education Research Conference (BERC), Chicago, IL. 

Carlson, R., Mignard, M., & Wickam, M. (2016, October 27).  Lessons learned about implementing co-teaching with undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates.  National Conference on Co-Teaching, Bloomington, MN.  

Wickam, M. (2016, April 15).  Enhancing employability skills in graduate business programs:  Service-learning in capstone courses.  Leadership Institute, St. Cloud State University.

Wickam, M. (2016, July 28).  Service-learning in online courses: Research and best practices.  MN eLearning Summit, Minneapolis, MN.

Wickam, M. (2016, March 31).  Enhancing collaborative learning skills through service-learning in MBA capstone courses.  Meeting Society's Grand Challenges Through Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, Minneapolis, MN.


Certificates and Licenses

Business education grades 5-12

Social studies education grades 5-12

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Association for Business Teaching and Research (ABTR)

Association for Research in Business Education (ARBE)

National Business Education Association (NBEA)

Minnesota Business Educators Inc. (MBITE/MBEI)

National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Areas of expertise

Program management, business education, business capstones, service-learning, marketing, Holocaust education

Research interests

business education, business capstones, service-learning, and Holocaust education