GAC Symposium

GAC Accreditation Workshops

The PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is pleased to announce the following accreditation workshops and events in 2019:

GAC Symposium

Friday, 4 October 2019
Philadelphia, PA USA

Plan to attend the first annual GAC Symposium, a networking and learning event specifically for faculty within project management programs. The Symposium is co-located with the PMI® Global Conference, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. PMI is celebrating its 50th year in 2019, so this will be a great opportunity to participate in all of the celebration and activities surrounding this milestone. 

General Information

This full day program is sure to provide value to all attendees, whether you are an applicant, prospective or current GAC accredited program representative. In addition to the session there will be opportunities to interact with GAC Directors and staff, current onsite visit team members and project management faculty from other institutions. GAC is also planning a post Symposium reception that is included in the registration pricing.  

  • Individuals attending just the GAC Symposium, as a stand-alone event, with no affiliation with the GAC or attendance at the PMI Global Conference pay $300 USD
  • Individuals from non-GAC accredited Programs attending PMI Global Conference can take advantage of early bird registration and the reduced GAC Symposium fee of $200 USD
  • Representatives from GAC Accredited Programs only pay $100 USD for the Symposium and the post event reception. If you have a GAC Accredited Program, please email GAC Staff to receive a promo code for this special pricing.
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  • 8:00AM - 9:00AM

    Breakfast & Registration

  • 9:00AM - 9:30AM


    YanPing Chen, GAC Chair | LuAnn Piccard, PMI Board Member and Past GAC Chair

  • 9:30AM - 10:45AM

    Keynote Address: Active Blended Learning as Higher Education’s New Normal

    Professor Alejandro Armellini, MEd PhD FRSA PFHEA Dean of Learning and Teaching, Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University of Northampton, UK

    The mission of modern higher education is often linked to the development of knowledgeable graduates, who are socially responsible, digitally proficient and highly employable global citizens – the Changemakers of the future. This presentation will consider how active blended learning can help institutions meet this challenge. It will prompt participants to reflect on how such approaches to learning and teaching -far more complex than the combination of face-to-face and online learning- align with the needs and expectations of today’s university students. Digital capability, faculty development and learning space requirements will also be discussed, as well as how industry can integrate with and add value to higher education provision.

  • 10:45AM - 11:05AM


  • 11:05AM - 11:50AM

    Team and Program Perspectives: Understanding the Accreditation Process

    Take an inside look at the accreditation process through the eyes of those who live it, with perspectives from GAC staff and an experienced onsite visit team lead and accredited program chair.

    Speakers: Dr. Tracey Richardson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University & Ms. Leslie Higham, PMI-GAC Staff

  • 11:05AM - 11:50AM

    Defining Project Management Program Goals, Mapping to Courses, and Assessing Learning Outcomes

    Introduces best practices to define project management goals and measure learning outcomes in order to be aligned with various accreditation standards. A practical hands-on session where you will see examples, discuss best practices with colleagues, and walk away with useful templates. This topic should be of interest to teaching faculty and program chairs, or senior administrators.

    Speakers: Dr. Vijay Kanabar, Boston University & Dr. Thomas Lechler, Stevens Institute of Technology

  • 12:00PM - 1:15PM

    Lunch: Includes recognition of GAC Awards of Accreditation

  • 1:15PM - 2:00PM

    Innovation in Project Management Education: Focus on China

    Representatives from two award-winning project management education programs in China share their approaches for maintaining cutting-edge, high-demand programs, including the innovative use of MOOCs and working within educational reform efforts. 

    Speakers: Dr. Guangshe Jia, Tongji University, Dr. Prof. Xiaomei Deng, Tsinghua University & Dr. Ronggui Ding, Shandon University

  • 1:15PM - 2:00PM

    Secrets of a Successful Self-Assessment Report: GAC Directors’ & Staff Perspective

    What does it take to prepare a successful Self-Assessment Report? Hear directly from GAC Directors and staff on what they look for when reviewing an SAR, from interpreting the standards, to specific areas of focus, to reviewing supporting evidence.

    Speakers: Dr. Vittal Anantatmula, Western Carolina University, Dr. Shankar Sankaran, University of Technology, Sydney, Mr. Jordi Rey, UPF Barcelona School of Management, Pompeu Fabra University & Ms. Inger Hatlen, PMI-GAC Staff

  • 2:15PM - 3:00PM

    Developing Successful Global Programs

    Three university representatives present on how their programs have expanded their global reach: through multiple global campuses, partnerships with well-known online education providers and student/faculty exchanges.

    Speakers: Prof. John Cable, University of Maryland & Prof. Lin Shaopei, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • 2:15PM - 3:00PM

    GAC Session: Conversations with Accredited Programs

    What do programs experience when they go through the accreditation process? How does becoming accredited affect the program and its students? How does accreditation affect, and how is it affected by, leadership changes in the program? Four program representatives share their experiences with these issues and many more during this fireside chat-style session.

    Speakers: Ms.Agnes Socrates,  George Washington University, Ms. Shanna Skallet, College of St. Scholastica, Dr. Joseph Griffin, Northeastern University, Mr. Jorge Osorio, Universidad el Bosque

  • 3:00PM - 3:20PM


  • 3:20PM - 4:05PM

    The Case Iceberg: Using Concise Cases in the Classroom

    We "see" the short case story above the surface, but the material that supports it, hidden beneath the waves, is 90% of the reason to use a case in the classroom. Find out about the hidden 90% and how to advance your teaching and learning goals with it.

    Speaker: Dr. Gina Vega, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Instructional Cases

  • 3:20PM - 4:05PM

    Building Relevant Academic/Industry Partnerships

    Two university program representatives present on the benefits of collaborative partnerships with local industry and PMI Chapters that offer students hands-on, real-world learning opportunities.

    Speakers: Dr. Alejandro Romero Torres, University of Quebec at Montreal & Ms. Josiane Ballin University of Alaska, Anchorage

  • 4:20PM - 5:05PM

    Keynote Address: “5 Ways to Use Industry to Make Your Life Easier as a PM Professor”

    Prof. Dr. Josef Oehmen, Associate Professor  Technical University of Denmark (DTU),Engineering Systems Group, Denmark.

    Dr. Oehmen is one of the co-founders of DTU's ProjectLab, as well as the found and coordinator of the Engineering Systems RiskLab at DTU. He is responsible for DTU's graduate flagship course on project management, and has previously taught at MIT, ETH Zurich and TU Munich. His research focuses on risk management in large engineering and design projects.

    This interactive session will arm you with real world techniques for engaging industry that you will be able to immediately use in your classroom.

  • 5:05PM - 5:20PM

    Closing and Farewell Remarks

  • 5:20PM - 7:00PM

    Networking Reception

    Keynote Address: "Active Blended Learning as Higher Education's New Normal"

Keynote Address: "Active Blended Learning as Higher Education's New Normal"

Alejandro (Ale) Armellini

Alejandro (Ale) Armellini

Alejandro (Ale) Armellini is Professor, Dean of Learning and Teaching, and Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Northampton, where his key role is to provide leadership in learning and teaching and learning innovation across all Faculties. He is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of Northampton's Learning and Teaching Plan, which includes a comprehensive, externally accredited staff development programme leading to professional recognition of teaching in Higher Education (Fellowships). He was also the strategic lead for the redesign of all programmes for active blended learning, in preparation for the University’s move to its new Waterside campus, which opened in September 2018. Ale is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Ale’s research focuses on learning innovation, online pedagogy, course design in online environments, institutional capacity building and open practices. He holds visiting professorships at several UK and overseas universities.

Keynote Address: "5 Ways to Use Industry to Make Your Life Easier as a PM Professor"

Prof. Dr. Josef Oehmen

Prof. Dr. Josef Oehmen

Prof. Dr. Josef Oehmen is an associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Engineering Systems Group. He is one of the co-founders of DTU’s ProjectLab, as well as the found and coordinator of the Engineering Systems RiskLab at DTU. He is responsible for DTU’s graduate flagship course on project management, and has previously taught at MIT, ETH Zurich and TU Munich. His research focuses on risk management in large engineering and design projects.