Volunteer for the CAS
For general information on volunteering please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. In July, 2013, please take the time to complete the participation survey.
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.
You can also learn more about volunteering for the CAS by watching the CAS & You presentation at www.casact.org/volunteer.
University Engagement Committee
Posted: February 12, 2014
The University Engagement Committee (UEC) is looking for volunteers to join our busy committee. Do you have a passion for engaging university students and faculty and for promoting the CAS and property/casualty actuarial profession? Then the UEC is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!
The UEC is organized into distinct working groups with specific areas of focus. We need volunteers to join our working groups on case studies and webinars. Details on these working groups and the expectations for volunteer contributions are outlined below.
Join us in helping the CAS build the pipeline of future CAS members!
Contact the UEC staff liaison, Tamar Gertner at email@example.com to express your interest in joining the Committee.
Case Studies Working Group:
This working group, currently made up of 6 members, is developing case studies on P/C topics for use by academics and university liaisons in college classrooms. Additional volunteers are needed to assist in the creation of case study components including workbooks, problem sets, and facilitator guides.
Specific tasks and responsibilities:
- Participate in monthly UEC conference call and Case Study Workgroup call
- Create problem sets and workbooks to accompany Case Studies
- Help write and finalize brief Facilitator Guides
- Peer review case study presentations and accompanying components
- Assist in recording online presentations (as needed and subject to interest of volunteer)
# of Volunteers Requested: 3
Webinar Committee Workgroup:
The UEC needs two volunteers who will participate on the CAS Webinar Committee and who will be responsible for developing webinars specifically for students and academics.
Specific tasks and responsibilities:
- Participate in monthly UEC conference call and Webinar Committee conference call every 4-6 weeks
- Identify possible topics for webinars geared toward students and academics with input from the Academic and Student Central working groups
- Coordinate the execution of the webinars
# of Volunteers Requested: 2
RBC Dependencies and Calibration Working Party
Posted: February 10, 2014
A standing working party needs new volunteers!
The RBC Dependencies and Calibration Working party is researching approaches for quantifying reserve, premium and other risks in the P&C RBC formula, including methods to address dependencies and correlations in the NAIC P&C RBC formula.
The Risk-Based Capital (RBC) Dependencies and Calibration Working Party has been hard at work the last 3 years and has published a total of seven reports and has several more in preparation. Nonetheless, there is still work to be done, and the working party is interesting in recruiting new volunteers for the next stage of its projects.
Volunteers should be prepared to spend at least 60 hours a year. That is a substantial time commitment, but the actual working time can be arranged to fit your schedule. The result of the work is intended to be a paper in the E-Forum.
All interested researchers are invited to participate, CAS member or not. More information about the Academy's P&C Risk-Based Capital efforts is available.
If you are interested in participating in the Working Party or have any questions, please contact Karen Sonnet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAS Centennial Orchestra
Posted: January 14, 2014
The CAS Centennial Orchestra and Chorus will be performing at the Centennial Meeting in New York the evening of November 11, 2014. We still need musicians for the following instruments:
- Alto Sax (2)
- Bassoon (1)
- French Horn (2 to 4)
- Tenor Sax (1)
- Trombone (2)
- Trumpet (1)
Please let us know if you can participate! A comprehensive music program has been developed that should run 40 – 45 minutes. Rehearsals will be conducted the previous weekend. Email Catie Amsden in the CAS office with interest or questions.
For more information on the Centennial Meeting please visit the Centennial Celebration website.
Interactive Online Education Committee
Posted: January 14, 2014
The Casualty Actuarial Society is looking for volunteers to join the newly formed Interactive Online Education (IOE) Committee. This committee will be vital in moving the society forward with its presence of educational opportunities online. This IOE committee unveiled its premier interactive online course on the discipline process in December and will roll out a new course on predictive modeling in February.
Standard Committee expectations:
- Attend monthly IOE Committee Teleconferences
- Participate on a course development team
- Conduct weekly course development team teleconferences
The average time commitment will be 1-2 hours a week. Be a part of the committee that helps facilitate an all new way of receiving continuing education.
If you are interested in participating on the Interactive Online Education Committee please contact Matt Caruso.
CAS University Liaison
Posted: January 13, 2014
The CAS University Liaison Program, established in 1999, has grown considerably in the last year and currently matches CAS members with 287 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. More than 150 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.
Automated Vehicles Task Force
Posted: December 19, 2013
The next revolution of safety in the car industry is quickly approaching. Over the next few years features like 'accident avoidance' and other automation features will become more widespread.
The CAS is looking for volunteers to join the "Automated Vehicles Task Force". This group has a goal of researching the insurance impacts of the implementation of this technology as well as the legislative implications that arise. Some work has already been done on this topic and this research is available to the task force.
Working parties bring together a group of interested professionals to focus on a specific research project over the short timeframe. This working party has a hard end of one year. All interested researchers are invited to participate, CAS member or not.
If you are interested in participating on the task force please contact Karen Sonnet.
Member Advisory Panel
The Member Advisory Panel (MAP) takes surveys during the year providing valuable feedback on a variety of topics and issues. This is a great way for members with time constraints to volunteer, as surveys are typically short and are released anywhere from two to eight times a year.
MAP was formed to provide CAS leaders and committees with access to a representative collection of members who are willing to participate in surveys and research conducted by the CAS. This valuable service to the CAS is ideal for New Associates and New Fellows.
In Focus Seminar Planning Committee
The In Focus Seminar Planning Committee is responsible for developing the program for two-day seminars on topics of current interest. Past seminars addressed subjects such as managing catastrophe risk, pricing and underwriting, government in insurance, the underwriting cycle, predictive modeling, environmental and catastrophe risk, emerging technologies, medical cost containment, valuation, profitability and rate of return methodologies, and international issues.
Committee on Valuation, Finance, and Investments
The Valuation, Finance, and Investments Committee is charged with providing direction, guidance, and support to the profession, regulators, and others regarding valuation and financing of property and casualty risks and investments. The committee is also responsible for monitoring and coordinating activities with other organizations or CAS committees working in areas related to property and casualty valuation, finance, and investments.
Online Education Task Group
The CAS Executive Council approved the development of 6-8 new interactive online courses that address certain education gaps in basic and continuing education. The new courses will be offered through an online education portal. The volunteer will be expected to participate in 5-6 conference calls as well as review documents prior to calls. It is estimated that depending on the number of volunteers and the degree of work sharing, the time commitment is estimated to be 12 hours, mostly in the July – November time frame.
The ideal volunteer should be an experienced actuary with at least 5-7 years of experience and with an understanding of where the need is for education in evolving field.
Professional Education Policy Committee
The Professional Education Policy Committee endeavors to broaden the knowledge of the Casualty Actuarial Society membership in all areas of actuarial and related fields. The committee is also responsible for planning limited attendance seminars – 1.5 - 2-day meetings to provide groups of 30-40 with concentrated training on a particular subject, such as predictive modeling, R, reserve variability, etc. PEPC is looking for volunteers to assist in planning new limited attendance seminars.