Dear Huebner Foundation fellows and friends,
I'm excited to share with you news of our new partnership with the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA) to expand the Huebner-ARIA Doctoral Colloquium, allowing us to double the number of participants for the 2019 session. The colloquium gives Ph.D. students with research related to risk or insurance the opportunity to get feedback from leading scholars. The colloquium is organized by the Huebner Foundation and funded by the Huebner Foundation and the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA). The colloquium will be held on the afternoon of Sunday August 4, 2019 in San Francisco, in conjunction with the American Risk and Insurance Association Annual Meeting. We invite Ph.D. students to apply to participate in the Huebner-ARIA Doctoral Colloquium.
ELIGIBILITY: Doctoral candidates who have not defended their dissertation prior to the colloquium are eligible to apply.
TOPICS: All topics within the broad field of the economics of risk or insurance will be considered including insurance markets, risk perception, decision-making under uncertainty, risk and public policy, corporate risk management, health insurance, etc.
FORMAT: The colloquium will consist of Ph.D. candidates presenting their research in a small group setting to faculty participants. This gives student participants an opportunity to practice presenting their research and receive feedback on their work prior to going on the job market. The participating academics include editors of leading journals, prominent researchers, and former Huebner Fellows. Mike Hoy (Guelph), Lisa Posey (Penn State) and Casey Rothschild (Wellesley) and George Zanjani (University of Alabama) are the confirmed academic participants for 2019. Stephen Shore (Georgia State University, Executive Director of the Huebner Foundation) will moderate. Colloquium sponsors are pleased to offer each doctoral participant up to $1,500 to cover expenses related to travel, accommodations, and ARIA meeting attendance.
IMPORTANT DATES: Application Submissions due May 1, 2019. Students will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2019. The Huebner-ARIA Doctoral Colloquium will take place on Sunday August 4, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided prior to the colloquium.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants to the Huebner-ARIA Doctoral Colloquium should submit:
1. A completed paper that forms part of their dissertation. Please submit work that is a complete draft that has not been accepted for publication.
2. A short note consisting of a few sentences in your submission email stating your preferred career path following graduation and how you expect to benefit from attending the Huebner-ARIA Doctoral Colloquium.
3. An email from the student's advisor supporting the student's attendance at the Colloquium and confirming that the student is in a good position to benefit from participating. Note that this should NOT be a letter of recommendation; a brief statement of support consisting of a few sentences is sufficient.
Student submissions and advisor support should be sent via email to: Betsy Wallace, firstname.lastname@example.org. Student submissions will be reviewed and selections will be made based on their contribution to the colloquium's goals, strength of research direction, and the advisor's assessment. All accepted students are expected to participate in the entire Colloquium.
Huebner Alumni Profile
As part of our effort to strengthen the Huebner Alumni network, we’re actively reaching out past fellows. Jan Ambrose spoke to use about her experience as a Huebner Fellow from 1984- 1988. To support the next generation of doctoral students in risk management and insurance following in Dr. Ambrose's footsteps, please consider a tax deductible donation to the Huebner Foundation. You can donate through the website (click here) or by mailing a check to:
S.S. Huebner Foundation
Attn: Stephen Shore
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
11th Floor, Office 1144
35 Broad Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
What drove your initial interest in RMI? How did you get into this field of research?
I was an undergraduate at Miami of Ohio majoring in Finance. I was expecting to end up in banking but one of the Finance elective courses I chose to take was FIN 351 Principles of Insurance (how do I still remember the course number??) taught by Mark Dorfman. His enthusiasm for the subject was infectious and my path quickly veered away from banking and toward risk management and insurance. I went to work for Crum and Forster Insurance Group in 1982 right after graduation and discovered in short order that I liked the theoretical study of insurance much more than the everyday practice of it. I am eternally grateful to Mark for that initial spark and for his guidance on graduate study and recommending the Huebner Fellow program at Wharton.
How did the Huebner Fellow program help you as a doctoral student?
The financial support of the Huebner program is what made it possible for me to even be a doctoral student. Once at Wharton, the design of the program fostered success: I was able to devote all my time to study given the funding I received; I was taught and mentored by the top insurance scholars in the country; I developed close relationships with other students in the program that provided both professional and personal support and collaboration. Many of those relationships with my fellow students and my professors continue to this day, some thirty years later.
The Huebner Foundation's mission is to support doctoral work in risk and insurance. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing students in this field right now? What are the biggest opportunities?
I still feel that the study of risk and insurance dos not get the respect it deserves in academia and, as a result, the number of academic jobs available is limited. However, because the field is essentially a mix of finance, statistics, economics, public policy, and even some psychology and sociology, we have the opportunity to work on so many interesting problems facing businesses and societies today and, hopefully, we can capitalize on our interdisciplinary flexibility. And given that many of today’s major problems deal with “risk” of some sort, perhaps public awareness of the need for risk management and for risk management education will grow.
Finally, we are always working to connect our Huebner community and build a stronger alumni network. If you would like to network with past Huebner fellows, academics and industry professionals interested in supporting doctoral education in risk and insurance management, please connect with us on LinkedIn. We have a foundation page that you can find here. I look forward to networking with more members of the Huebner Foundation community through this channel.
Stephen H. Shore
Executive Director, S. S. Huebner Foundation
R. Means Davis Professor of Risk Management and Insurance
Robinson College of Business; Georgia State University