The Applied Humanities initiative aims to equip Humanities graduate students with knowledge and skills to apply their humanistic training in a range of settings within and without the academy.


In Summer 2024, the HRC is offering project management training for Humanities Ph.D. students.

The 2024 HRC Project Management Bootcamp will take place at the Anderson Clarke Center between August 5 and August 9, from 9 am to 4 pm. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants. From Monday to Thursday, participants will have two three-hour sessions on the foundations of project management with an experienced certified project management professional and instructor. On Friday, participants will have a session with the HRC associate director, Dr. Gabriela Garcia, on project management and academic and alt-ac careers.

After completion of the HRC Project Management Bootcamp—which requires attendance on all five days—students will be issued certificates by the Glasscock School for Continuing Studies.

To ensure participants have an adequate level of support, there are 20 available spots. Priority will be given to ABD students who have completed at least one chapter of their dissertation, but ALL Ph.D. students in the Humanities who will be enrolled in Fall 2024 are welcome to apply.


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About the project management instructor:

Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP®, is the founder and owner of Duende Project Management Services. He is a PMP® preparation instructor and a speaker and trainer on project management and leadership topics. Mr. Merla has more than 25 years of project management experience including seven years of experience leading international consulting engagements and projects. He has implemented Project Management Offices for multiple organizations and in seven different industries (banking, airlines, automotive, consulting, information technology, engineering, and healthcare). He has supported the implementation of agile practices in various organizations. Mr. Merla has presented at multiple chapters of the Project Management Institute and at the EMEA PMI Congress, the North American PMI Congress, the Asia Pacific PMI Congress and the Latin America PMI Congress. He has trained project managers and other business professionals in 10 separate countries. He serves as a lead instructor for Project Management programming in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University.


Questions? Email Dr. Gabriela Garcia at

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