Jamiel Vadell, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Jamiel Vadell Photo

Areas of Expertise:

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mentoring
  • Management
  • Change implementation
  • Communication
  • Business Vision and Direction


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Capella University, St. Paul, Minnesota                                          
    • Major Field: Organization and Management
      • Specialization: Leadership
  • Post Masters Certificate 
    • Northcentral University
      • Major Field: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
    • Northcentral University                        
    • Major Field: General
  • Master of Science in Administration
    • Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan                        
    • Major Field: General Administration
  • Bachelor of Science
    • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida                           
    • Major Field: Health Profession/Biology


  • The Role of Trust in Leadership: U.S. Air Force Officers’ Commitment and Intention to Leave the Military

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mentoring
  • Management
  • Change implementation
  • Communication
  • Business Vision and Direction

Select Publications:

  • Ewing, Christopher and Vadell, Jamiel (2011). “Intrinsic Motivation and Servant Leadership: A Case for Autonomy Supporting Work Environments.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Science.
  • Vadell, Jamiel (2008). “The Role of Trust in Leadership: U.S. Air Force Officers’ Commitment and Intention to Leave the Military” Dissertation in partial fulfillment of a Doctorate in Philosophy at Capella University.

Select Professional Experience:

Chief Executive Officer / Owner

Paradigm Leaders, LLC – Panama City Beach, FL - 2015-Present

Control all operations for Paradigm Leaders. Coordinate all business development, contracts, proposals, and business coordination. Everyday action and decisions. All training development coordinated. Sole owner of the organization. Work with the company's budget, forecast, and financial stability.


Coordinator, Business Solutions

Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL - 2014-2015

Customize training for business partners, coordinator courses for business partners to include military installations, public school system, hospitals, etc…


Director of Millaway Institution for Entrepreneurship

Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL - 2014-2015

Consultant with local innovators, coordinator of the fab lab located at the Advanced Technology Center, Develop courses and curriculum in the field of entrepreneur, instructor and course developer for technology courses and certificates. Developing a working incubator for future entrepreneurs.


Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL - 2014

Certified Business Analyst

Consultant with local businesses on growth strategies, finance and marketing. Developed seminar/workshops for new ventures and existing businesses.


United States Air Force Officer (Major)

Security Clearance: Top Secret/SCI


Assistant Director of Operations in Search & Rescue (Tyndall AFB, FL)   2011-2014

Search and rescue coordinator. Managed and directed search and rescue activities. Developed SAR agreements with federal/state emergency management officials and Civil Air Patrol. Developed training and operations manual for SAR. Coordinated SAR evaluations, training missions and exercise.


Schriever AFB, CO - 2008-2011

Chief of Operations in Plans and Programs  (Program Manager) - 2010-2011

Financial manager for a 2.3 million budget. Program manager for a state-of-the-art operations facility of over 5.5 million. Provide guidance for financial management and contracts for future mission.  Managed a program of 350 million plus with 10 different organization


Flight Commander of the 1st Space Operations Squadron - 2008-2010

Supervised over 15 officers and enlisted members. I overlooked the training and procedures section for all missions. Mentored all subordinates in leadership techniques, styles, finances, and career opportunities while consulting with them on real world and exercise problems. Verified all training was accomplished. Provided initial, mid-term, and annual feedback on performance.


Minot AFB, ND - 2003-2008

Instructor of Emergency War Order of the 91st Operations Support Squadron

Trained all levels of military personnel on missile weapon system including hands-on simulation. Instructed academic classroom and Emergency War Order training for all level of military personnel. Provided monthly training reports, developed customized lesson plans, presented