Welcome to Ron Dearing's personal website at The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics and serve as the graduate advisor for the actuarial science program. Information about the Master of Science in Actuarial Science program is described here. How to obtain admission into the Master of Science in Actuarial Science program is described here.

 

 


Academic Year 2013-2014

Fall semester: ACTS 6301 - Theory of Actuarial Models: Life Contingencies I (3 semester hours). The purpose of this class is to develop the student's knowledge of the theoretical basis of life contingent actuarial models and the application of those models to insurance and other financial risks. Life contingencies, survival models, life insurances, annuities, and premiums will be studied. This class covers parts of CAS Exam 3L and SOA Exam MLC. Prerequisite: STAT 5351 or instructor consent required.

Spring semester: ACTS 6308 - Actuarial Financial Mathematics (3 semester hours). The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts of financial mathematics and how those concepts are applied in calculating present and accumulated values for various streams of cash flows as a basis for future use in: reserving, valuation, pricing, asset/liability management, investment income, capital budgeting, and valuing contingent cash flows. The students will also be given an introduction to financial instruments, including derivatives, and the concept of no-arbitrage as it relates to financial mathematics. This course covers SOA FM and CAS Exam 2.

Academic Year 2014-2015

Fall semester: ACTS 6301 - Theory of Actuarial Models: Life Contingencies I (3 semester hours). The purpose of this class is to develop the student's knowledge of the theoretical basis of life contingent actuarial models and the application of those models to insurance and other financial risks. Life contingencies, survival models, life insurances, annuities, and premiums will be studied. This class covers parts of CAS Exam 3L and SOA Exam MLC. Prerequisite: STAT 5351 or instructor consent required.

Fall semester: ACTS 6302 - Theory of Actuarial Models: Financial Economics (3 semester hours). This 3 semester hour course develops the studentís knowledge of the theoretical basis of certain actuarial models and the application of those models to insurance and other financial risks. The topics discussed include interest rate models, rational valuation of derivative securities, mathematical and probabilistic foundation of risk management. This class covers parts of CAS exam 3F and SOA exam MFE.

Academic Year 2015-2016

Fall semester: MATH 6181 - Special Topics in Professional Development (1 semester hour). The purpose of this 1 semester-hour course is to provide students with practical guidance to position themselves for career success. The instructor will bring industry experience into the classroom to demonstrate what works and what doesn't. Topics will include dressing for success, the ``magic words'' to use in an interview, structuring a resume, crafting cover letters to separate you from the pack, narrrowcasting rather than broadcasting a job search, using LaTeX to create UTD theses, UTD dissertations, workplace documents and presentations, and structuring Excel spreadsheets to enhance the overall value and impact of the content. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Spring semester: MATH 2399 - Research and Advanced Writing (3 semester credit hours) For students conducting independent research and scientific writing. Individual instruction course designed to develop skills for research and clear, precise and accurate scientific writing. Students will select the topic of the research from specific areas of mathematics. Subject and scope to be determined on an individual basis. Satisfies the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics' advanced writing requirement. Prerequisite: Sophomore level standing in mathematics and instructor consent required.

Contact Information

  • Cell Phone Number: 972.740.6912

  • Email: ron.dearing@utdallas.edu

  • Office Location: FO 2.410A

  • Office Hours: Wed -- 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

  • Academic Credentials

  • BA, Mathematics, University of Louisville, 1970

  • MBA, Finance, Duke University, 1975

  • MS, Mathematical Statistics, Southern Methodist University, 1987

  • PhD, Operations Research, Southern Methodist University, 2010

  • Professional Credentials

  • Fellow, Society of Actuaries, 1980

  • Fellow, Conference of Consulting Actuaries, 1988

  • Enrolled Actuary, 1978

  • Member, American Academy of Actuaries, 1978

  • Investment Advisor, 1989

  • The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Dr. Ron Dearing and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of The University of Texas at Dallas. I am the administrator and may be contacted at ron.dearing@utdallas.edu

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