Volunteer for the CAS
For general information on volunteering please send an email to email@example.com.
The CAS has a great culture and history of volunteerism and depends very heavily on its volunteers. The Participation Survey is the primary tool used by committee chairpersons to staff their committees. Please take the time to complete the participation survey when it is available.
Your volunteering is good for the CAS, but it’s also good for YOU.
- Volunteering provides a great opportunity for networking. Working on CAS Committees is a great way to meet other CAS members with similar interests.
- Serving as a committee member or chair will give you the opportunity to develop interpersonal and time management skills that will benefit you on the job.
- Many volunteer opportunities offer a chance to become involved in pioneering fields of actuarial practice.
- Volunteer opportunities can be tailored to meet your particular situation. Your personal interests, available free time, and travel constraints all factor into the committees and roles that will work for you.
- Geography is not a limitation to your involvement. Participation by members outside the U.S. and Canada is encouraged.
- If you are looking for short term commitments, those are available as well.
Volunteers Needed for MAS Exams
February 5, 2018
The new Modern Actuarial Statistics I committee is in need of volunteers. The committee will meet twice a year (late April/early May and late October/early November) to review questions, compile the next exam and conduct the pass mark panel. The meetings are generally 1½ to 2½ days in various cities. Each committee member is expected to write about 10 multiple choice questions for each meeting and to review the questions written by others. No grading is required. The CAS covers travel expenses.
There is also a need for consultants for both MAS I and MAS II. Consultants will be asked to work through the first draft of the exam. No travel is required, but volunteers will be expected to be familiar with the entire syllabus and be capable of working through the entire exam without the solutions.
Volunteers must be Fellows or long-term Associates (those who have not taken an exam in the last 3 years and are not planning to take an exam in the next 3 years). Prior familiarity with the material on the syllabus is not required, if you are willing to devote the time required to master that material.
If you are interested, please contact Shelby Wolff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers Needed for Communities of Interest Research Initiatives
January 24, 2018
Background: As the CAS undertakes new research initiatives, some ideas do not necessarily originate from current research committees. Some committee volunteers may desire only to participate in certain topical areas that better reflect their areas of interest and expertise that might not be addressed within the committee but still would like to be in the communication loop.
Communities of interest are meant to provide an additional opportunity for topic-specific, ad hoc engagement of volunteers outside the formal committee structure. These will allow CAS members to indicate interest in a broad area of responsibility, e.g. predictive modeling or health care, while allowing smaller groups within the communities of interest to tackle particular research challenges for a short period of time with the expectation of a final report or presentation.
Communities of interest will allow ongoing, real-time dialogue and specific projects may be undertaken at any time without requiring attendance at meetings or seminars to form the working parties.
Purpose: Communities of Interest are formed in broad or narrow areas of research, led by an active CAS member moderator, the broader the subject area, the larger the community is likely to be. The moderator will be in frequent email or online communication (through the CAS Online Community service) with community members to encourage discussion on a variety of topics and then, if particular challenges are raised that may require further research, to encourage initiation of research projects that may result in formal research reports or topical sessions at CAS seminars or meetings. The communities of interest could also disseminate research, collect information on research from other organizations, provide speakers/content for webinars and other professional education, allow for networking, and be a venue for sharing of ideas/challenges/questions.
Volunteers needed: The CAS would like to pilot two new research communities of interest:
- Predictive Modeling
- Health Care
The community members themselves led by a community moderator will determine the particular topics within these two broad categories to discuss. The goals being to explore and disseminate research.
The ideal community volunteer will be one who is experienced in either of these categories, can set aside the time to communicate electronically with others (it could be from 2 to 10 hours a month), is interested in research, and is willing to lead certain research initiatives within the community, as appropriate. This does not necessarily mean undertaking research themselves but could be new call paper programs, funded research, literature searches, etc.
For a community of interest to begin, one of the volunteers needs to be the community moderator to initiate conversations, guide discussions and encourage smaller groups to address particular research opportunities to focus on a specific deliverable.
If interested, please fill out a brief survey expressing your desired community of interest, as well as any relevant research experience you may have (link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7Y5VS83). Please reply by February 7. For more information, contact Dave Core, Director of Professional Education and Research at email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed for Participation Survey Task Force
November 28, 2017
The Committee on Volunteer Resources (COVR) is responsible for the Participation Survey, which is the primary tool used by committee chairpersons to staff their committees. COVR plans to build a new version of the Participation Survey over the next year, and we are interested in recruiting additional volunteers for this critical effort. The time commitment would start in January, approximately 10 hours per month. In person meetings are not required. This would be a short-term time commitment with immediate, tangible results. If you are interested, please contact Shelby Wolff at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 14th.
Volunteers Needed for MAS Exams
November 28, 2017
The new Modern Actuarial Statistics exam committees are in need of volunteers. Each committee (MAS I and MAS II) will meet twice a year (late April/early May and late October/early November) to review questions, compile the next exam and conduct the pass mark panel. The meetings are generally 1½ to 2½ days (in various cities). Each committee member is expected to write about 10 multiple choice questions for each meeting and to review the questions written by others. No grading is required. The CAS covers travel expenses.
There is also a need for consultants willing to work through the first draft of the exam. No travel is required, but the consultants will be expected to be familiar with the entire syllabus and be capable of working through the entire exam without the solutions.
Volunteers not familiar with the material are welcome if they are willing to devote the time required to master the material. If you are interested, please contact Shelby Wolff at email@example.com.
ARECA Scholarship Writers - Call for Volunteers
September 19, 2017
ARECA, our CAS regional affiliate in Asia, is launching a scholarship competition for undergraduate actuarial students in Asia. ARECA is seeking volunteers to write one or more short scenarios on a diverse array of topics for the scholarship competition. Topics can be related to general insurance, to the societal or business environment in which general insurance risks arise, or to other topics that might utilize the skills of general insurance actuaries. Two sample scenarios are included at the end of this message.
Each scholarship applicant will select one of the scenarios, do some research as needed, conduct some thinking and analysis, and write a paper (approximately 5 pages) with the applicant’s analysis and recommendations.
We invite CAS members to submit scenarios for the competition. The ARECA committee will select the scenarios for the competition, which may include using in whole or part, adapting, and/or translating your submission. Your response should be submitted to CAS International Relations Manager, Michael Chou (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 27, 2017.
Scenario descriptions should be no longer than 100 words. Your submission may be in English or Mandarin. Please recall that our audience is undergraduate students. You are welcome to submit more than one idea. You must identify any portion of your submission that is the intellectual property of someone else (such as a scenario that you found in a textbook).
ARECA thanks you for your creative assistance.
Sample Scholarship Scenarios:
- You are the chief actuary of XYZ Insurance Company. The CEO asks you to describe the potential implications and opportunities for the company’s insurance business, as self-driving vehicles become more common, and asks you to suggest some strategic projects that he should launch so the company will be prepared. Please prepare a report for the CEO.
- A manufacturer is about to launch a major new subsidiary, “Skyware,” that will focus on producing and selling drone hardware and software to businesses and consumers. What are some of the key issues that Skyware needs to think about in [planning its risk management program and] obtaining insurance coverage for this new venture?
SYLLABUS AND EXAMINATION COMMITTEE
Posted: October 13, 2017
The Syllabus and Examination Committee is responsible for organizing, managing and administering the CAS examinations and ensuring that individual exam syllabi are up-to-date. The committee tries to place every volunteer on the exam that best fits the member. The CAS asks that volunteers make every effort to commit 3 years to the committee to maintain quality and consistency of the exams.
The work of the Syllabus and Examination Committee is key to maintaining the high standards of professionalism of the CAS membership. Volunteering for the committee is a great way to get involved in the CAS. Volunteers are placed primarily during February through April and July through October.
Question Writing (Exams 5-9)
New question writers participate in a two hour training webinar with no travel required. After submitting questions, the entire committee meets for 2 days to refine questions and compile the exam(s).
- Exams 5, 7 and 9 – July/August through September with a writers’ summit in September/October.
- Exams 6C, 6U and 8 – February through April with a writers’ summit in April/May.
Grading (Exams 5-9)
- Spring exams – starting in mid-May, culminating in a 2 day grading session in Las Vegas in mid-June.
- Fall exams – starting in mid-November, culmination in a 2 day grading session in Las Vegas in early December.
Modern Actuarial Statistics – MAS I and MAS II
Committee members write multiple choice questions. Each committee (MAS I and MAS II) will meet for 2 days twice a year (late April/early May and late October/early November) to review questions, compile the next exam and conduct the pass mark panel. Committee members will serve on just one of the MAS exams. No grading is involved.
Committee members review the individual exam syllabi regularly to ensure that the learning objectives are supported by the best reference readings available. Both short- and long-term goals for improvement are developed.
Committee members participate in conference calls two to three times per year to discuss updates and changes to the syllabus.
The CAS covers up to $800 for airfare and selects a hotel that falls within reimbursement guidelines for all exam committee travel.
If you are interested in the Syllabus and Examination Committee or have questions please email Shelby at email@example.com
CAS University Liaison
Posted: January 23, 2015
The CAS University Liaison Program, established in 1999, has grown considerably in the last year and currently matches CAS members with over 300 universities around the world. We are excited about the progress that has been made, thanks to our volunteer University Liaisons, but there is still more work to be done.
The University Engagement Committee developed a list of target schools, with a goal to match a University Liaison with each university on the list. Schools on the Committee’s target list are not yet matched with a University Liaison. CAS members are invited to volunteer as a University Liaison to a school on the target list.
University Liaisons provide support in a number of ways, such as:
- Make campus visits and presentations to students and faculty
- Talk with students on an individual basis
- Advise faculty on curriculum matters
- Serve on a university Advisory Board
- Advise the universities on CAS opportunities, tools and resources, and the exam system
The CAS supports University Liaisons in their university outreach efforts by providing them with off-the-shelf presentations, case studies, and marketing materials.
University Liaisons belong to an online community of fellow volunteers where they can access resources and share their experiences with other University Liaisons.
For more information about the role of University Liaison, please review the description of the expectations for University Liaisons.