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Arden L. Dudek, PhD, PMP

Sr. Project Manager at The University of Texas at Austin

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About Me

I transform organizations using collaborative, principle-centered project management, and train people in the way they should go.
Leveraging my multi-disciplinary leadership and academic studies, I am passionate to teach individuals by co-laboring and mentoring to live more effective lives through knowledge, skills, practical application, and personal reflection in the areas of organizational leadership, project management, and historical wisdom.


  • The University of Texas at Austin

    • 9/2017 - Present Sr. Project Manager
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    • 8/2009 - 7/2017 Assistant Manager, Project Management Office (PMO) / IT Change Agent
  • La Maison de Dieu Bible College

    • 2/2008 - 8/2008 Founding Administrator in France
  • Life Academy

    • 6/1999 - 5/2001 Classroom Supervisor, Principal, and Founding Officer


  • For Sample Projects, please view my LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/ardenlockwooddudek/


  • Austin PMI Chapter

    2017 Strategic Analysis Committee Volunteer

  • The Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)—Third Edition – Exposure Draft, Project Management Institute, Inc.

    2013 - 2013 Content Reviewer

  • College Educational Quality Research Team, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

    2014 Regional Research Team Member

  • SPS Student Caucus, Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS)

    2014 - 2016 Co-Leader

  • New Hope Christian Academy

    2012 - 2016 School Board President and Founding Vice-President



  • English

  • French


  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

    • 2015 PhD, Project Management, Organizational Theory, Higher Education, Public Policy & Management (Policy Analysis)
  • University of Avignon, France

    • 2008 Masters, Project Management, Computer Science
    • 2007 National Certification, French language and culture
  • Kennedy Western University

    • 2001 M.B.A., International leadership
  • University of Maryland College Park

    • 1987 B.S., Management science and statistics

Courses Taught

  • A Project Management Philosophy: People, Projects, and Priorities - Workshop

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale - PMO

  • Human Resources Project Management - PMI PMP Prep Workshop

    St Louis Project Management Institute (PMI) Chapter

  • Systems Life Cycle (SLC) Defining Project Scope


  • Introduction to PL/1 Programming


  • Advanced Research Methods: An Introduction to Public Policy Analysis Research (Developed, but not funded)


  • Improving Organizational Effectiveness: An Introduction to Project Management - Workshop

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale - PMO

  • Pacbase Batch Programming



  • Chapter 5 – Project Scope Management in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide—Fourth Edition, Content Contributor

    2008 Project Management Institute, Inc.

  • “Tipping” into University Project Management: A Reflective Practitioner Perspective

    Tamara Loyd Workman


  • Exploring American University Project Management

    2015 Scholar's Press

  • Review of the book The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition.

    2013 Project Management Institute (PMI) Organizational Project Management (OPM) Community of Practice.


  • Is Your Name in the Book?

    2016 Women’s Caucus Breakfast, 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS), Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA

  • Ruth Ward Heflin: Learning from One Pentecostal Woman’s Story of ‘Leaning In’ to the Worldwide Revival of the Holy Spirit

    2015 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS), Lakeland, FL.

  • Having It All: Navigating the Reality and the Myth, Panel Participant.

    2015 Women’s History Month programming, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • A University Woman’s Leadership Responsibility: Learning to Listen to Diverse Voices

    2015 3rd Annual Women Gender Sexuality Studies Cross-Disciplinary Conference, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Relating a University’s Administrative Project Management Practices with its Project Management Course Offerings

    2014 International Doctoral Colloquium of the 2014 Research and Education Conference, Portland, OR: Project Management Institute (PMI)


  • SPS Student Caucus Social - Organizer

    44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS), 2015, Lakeland, FL

  • SPS Student Caucus Social - Organizer

    45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS), 2016, Life Pacific College, San Dimas, CA

  • Project Management Group, A Registered Student Organization

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale


I am passionate about intersecting theoretical and applied research using quantitative and qualitative research methods to benefit organizations and their individuals. A student, practitioner, and educator engaged with groups dedicated to education, business, and/or social justice, I leverage my multi-disciplinary experiences to better understand and address organizational effectiveness and individual accountability. I often focus on a project management frame of reference because of my professional training.

Using Confirmatory and Exploratory Factor Analysis (CFA and EFA) statistical methods, I investigated University Project Management Presence Models and their relationships to an interdisciplinary doctoral Higher Education research framework, drawing from Project Management, Policy Analysis Research, Organizational Theories, and American Higher Education Histories. My Computer Science Master’s research explored the most effective project management software packages in use by professional project managers, while my MBA research considered the relationship of individuals and their sense of personal effectiveness as aligned with the organizational effectiveness of their paid employer as compared to an organization in which they volunteer.

My research interests include…

  • Organizational effectiveness; project management within universities; social sciences research;