The following list of resources was compiled by the office of the Dean of Humanities. It is a round-up of various organizations and offices around campus who offer opportunities and support to Humanities graduate students.
Updated August 2021
CENTER FOR AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES Graduate Certificate
Anthony Pinn, Director
Drawing on this rich and longstanding tradition of intellectual inquiry, the Center for African and African American Studies offers a University Graduate Certificate in African and African American Studies designed to productively situate emerging scholars and their work within an intellectual enterprise that will connect both to robust national and international conversations and scholarly developments.
The certificate is open to PhD students and provides them with opportunities to think through key issues and themes within African and African American Studies in ways that will strengthen their scholarly work, widen their intellectual community, and expand the reach and consequence of their graduate study.
Students who successfully complete the certificate program receive a one-time stipend in the amount of $5,000.
CENTER FOR CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Nicole Van Den Heuvel, Executive Director
The Center for Career Development provides a wide variety of resources to help you during every step of your career development process. This includes assistance with your internship or job search, resume and cover letter help, connecting with alumni, and career counseling.
CENTER FOR CRITICAL AND CULTURAL THEORY (3CT) Graduate Certificate
Cary E. Wolfe, Director
Jennifer Luu, Center Coordinator
The Center for Critical and Cultural Theory offers a certificate program to graduate students in good standing at Rice University. 3CT’s primary pedagogical aim is to help equip students to engage ambitious and synthetic research projects of social and cultural significance in a wide range of areas such as new media studies, race and ethnicity studies, science and technology studies, ecocriticism and environmental humanities, animal studies, medical humanities, transnationalism, art and architecture, psychoanalysis, and political and social theory - just to name a few of the more established pursuits in which a strong theoretical background is indispensable.
Students who earn the Certificate may compete for one of the Center’s five (5) annual stipends of $5000.
CENTER FOR LANGUAGES & INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (CLIC)
Heather Lazare, Center and Events Coordinator
235 Rayzor Hall | 713-348-5844
The Center for Languages & Intercultural Communication focuses on developing Rice students’ communicative, interactional, and intercultural abilities and knowledge in non-native and heritage languages. Thus, CLIC seeks to provide a broad and critical educational experience that promotes multilingualism and helps students become culturally competent and interact successfully, appropriately, and respectfully with people from different countries and sociocultural backgrounds.
For graduate students with a language requirement in their program, CLIC offers courses in 10 languages. Contact email@example.com for more information.
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY (CSWGS) Graduate Certificate
Helena Michie, Director
Angela Wall, Administrator
318 Rayzor Hall | 713-348-5784
The CSWGS graduate certificate program provides Ph.D. students across the university formal certification in the study of women, gender, and sexuality. Students complete interdisciplinary coursework, gain rapid acquaintance with faculty and resources across departments, form an intellectual community with fellow graduate students, and participate in the Colloquium, an annual series of seminars and public lectures given by leading scholars.
All certificate students are eligible to receive a $5,000 stipend in the semester they achieve PhD candidacy.
Certificate students are also eligible to compete for CSWGS travel funds, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, and dissertation completion fellowships.
CENTER FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE
Robin Paige, Director
Elaine Chang, Program Coordinator
129 Herring Hall | 713-348-2929
An important aspect of the Center for Teaching Excellence’s mission is to provide resources both for graduate students who are currently TAs or instructors of record at Rice, as well as for graduate students who wish to build academic careers in which teaching will play a significant role. As a part of these efforts, CTE recently established an accredited certificate program in pedagogy. Once completed, this Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (GCTL) will appear on students' transcripts, providing a valuable credential to add to their CVs. The GCTL provides participants with a combination of formal pedagogical training, practical experience, and mentoring that will prepare them to be effective college teachers.
HUMANITIES GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Nina Cook, President: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the HGSA is threefold: (1) to facilitate open and honest communication between the Humanities graduate students and the staff, faculty, and Dean of Humanities regarding issues related to the School of Humanities; (2) to advocate for Humanities graduate student interests and wellbeing; and (3) to foster an inclusive community among the graduate student population of the Humanities.
HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER (HRC)
The HRC identifies, encourages, and funds innovative research projects by faculty, visiting scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students in the School of Humanities and beyond. This involves supporting scholarly work, facilitating research between the School of Humanities and other areas of Rice University, as well as leading institutional change by partnering with other foundations, centers, research institutions, and universities. Independent initiatives are also taken by the HRC in order to incubate ideas and detect disciplinary changes that shape the future of the university.
OFFICE OF GRADUATE AND POSTDOCTORAL STUDIES (GPS)
323 Allen Center | 713-348-4002
Along with your Graduate Program Administrator, the GPS staff will be your academic partners as you pursue your graduate degree. Their office handles: thesis submission, candidacy declaration, graduate student career development, payroll and tuition, fellowship and funding guidance, community building, student support for well being, academic issues, and special events.
GPS STUDENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Pia Byrd, Student Support Specialist
323 Allen Center | 713-348-2617
Have a sensitive issue or concern to discuss? Contact Pia Byrd, Student Support Specialist. Pia provides a safe and confidential environment for a graduate student to discuss concerns or grievances outside formal channels.
PROGRAM IN WRITING AND COMMUNICATION (PWC)
Center for Academic & Professional Communication (CAPC)
First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar Program (FWIS)
Jennifer Wilson, Director
129 Herring Hall | 713-348-2929
David Messmer, Director
129 Herring Hall | 713-348-6192
Kyung-Hee Bae, Director
2nd Fl. Mezzanine, Fondren Library | 713-348-4932
The PWC provides graduate students with workshops tailored to their academic goals and a curated list of online communication resources. Graduate students can also schedule one-on-one consultations to help them succeed in written, oral, and visual assignments.
The Center for Academic and Professional Communication (CAPC) provides tools to help students communicate at the graduate level. Some of the programs and services they offer include: dissertation camps; workshops; writing groups; fellowship coaching; and communication courses (for international graduate students). Graduate students have the opportunity to apply for positions in the CAPC and FWIS (undergraduate First-year Writing Intensive Seminar).