Jim Daniel

Dr. James W. Daniel, A.S.A.

Mailing address:
Dr. James W. Daniel
1515 Shasta Drive, #1516
Davis, CA 95616

E-mail: jimdaniel@actuarialseminars.com

A lifelong academic, Jim Daniel was Director of the Actuarial Studies program at The University of Texas at Austin from 1989 until his retirement from the University in August 2010, and in 1994 began teaching exam-prep seminars.


By popular demand of my students, here's a big version of the above duck picture.

Brief Résumé

  • Education

    • B.A.: Wabash College, 1962, mathematics & economics
    • M.S.: Stanford University, 1963, mathematics
    • Ph.D.: Stanford University, 1965, mathematics
    • D.Sc. (Honorary): Wabash College, 1987
    • Associate of the Society of Actuaries (A.S.A.), 1991
  • Employment

    • Paul V. Montgomery Professor of Actuarial Mathematics, and Director of Actuarial Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1989-2010; Emeritus status, September 2010–present
    • University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2005-present
    • Tenured Associate Professor and then Professor of Mathematics & Education & Computer Sciences, Mathematics Department Chair for 6 years, University of Texas at Austin, various periods in 1970-2010
    • Chief Scientist (basic research) in Europe & Middle East for U.S. Navy, London, 1983-85
    • Assistant Professor then tenured Associate Professor of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1967-70
  • Professional activities

    • Member, Society of Actuaries, and Actuaries Club of the Southwest
    • Correspondent, Casualty Actuarial Society
    • Founder and leader of international organization of actuarial educators
    • Author of three college textbooks (one on Mathematical Interest Theory for actuarial students) and two research books
    • Author of 47 research papers and 34 expository papers
    • Chair of committees supervising three journals and seven book series of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), 1993-1998, 2006-2008
    • Member, Executive Committee of the MAA Board of Governors, 2000-2008, 2011-2017
    • Member, MAA Board of Directors, 2017-present
    • Treasurer of the MAA, 2011-present
    • Editor of series of mathematics books for general audiences, 1986-1989
    • Vice-president, international applied-mathematics society (SIAM), 1986-90
    • Consultant to government and industry
    • Teacher of intensive seminars for student actuaries preparing for Exams now called LTAM and STAM, 1994-present
    • Director of Actuarial Education for the Abacus Learning Institute, 2010-2017
    • Member of the joint SoA/CAS Task Force that drafted the preliminary education system that went into effect in May 2005
    • Chair of the SoA team that drafted the detailed syllabus for the new Exam M first given in May 2005
    • Vice-chair of the Subcommittee for Actuarial Educators, a subcommittee of the Education Committee of the International Actuarial Association, 2010–2014; this subcommittee oversees the international Actuarial Educators Network