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Les B. Strickler Innovation in Instruction Award

Dr. Lester B. Strickler, wishing to encourage ARIA members to share their ideas about teaching, in 1990 endowed an annual award to be used to encourage creativity and sharing of developments that would improve the quality of risk and insurance education.  His gift was the first permanent endowment in the history of ARIA.

Dr. Strickler received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University in economics and his doctoral degree from Indiana University in finance.  He was a professor of finance at Oregon State University for many years before his retirement in 1986, teaching primarily insurance and business finance.  He was the author of several consumer-oriented articles about insurance and an active commentator on issues concerning  public pension plans.  Dr. Strickler was a founder of the Financial Management Association and served as President of the Western Finance Association and as President of the Western Risk and Insurance Association

2017 Call for Submissions

Deadline is March 31, 2017


Dr. Lester B. Strickler (1924 - 1993)

Previous Les B. Strickler Innovation in Instruction Award Award Winners

2016 Faculty and Students, University of St. Gallen, Educational Smartphone App -- "Optimal Insurance Demand for Students”
2015 Vickie Bajtelsmit, Colorado State University, Jennifer Coats, Colorado State University, "The Effect of Frequency and Severity on Insurance and Risk Management Decisions: A Classroom Exercise"
2014 Alexander Braun, University of St. Gallen, “Insurance-Linked Securities”
2013 David Eckles, University of Georgia, “One Dollar Bob Simulation”
2012 Joseph Haley, St. Cloud State University, “An Insurance Pricing Game”
2011 James Hilliard, University of Georgia, Ronald Licata, University of Connecticut School of Business, “Brown Dog Brewing Company: Case Study for Risk Management and Insurance”
2010 Norma Nielson, University of Calgary, Brian Kitching, University of Calgary Janet Stein, University of Calgary, Tabletop Disaster Exercise
2009 William and Tamela Ferguson, University of Louisiana at Lafayette “Strategic Market Entry Project”
2008 David Cather, Penn State University  “Risk Aversion for Undergraduates”
2007 Nat Pope and James Jones, Illilnois State University, "The Risk Management Challenge"
2006 Martin Halek and David Eckles, University of Georgia, “The Problem of Asymmetric Information: A Simulation of How Insurance Markets Can be Inefficient”
2005 Randy Dumm, Robert Hoyt, and Kathleen McCullough, Risk Management Case Project.
2004 "International Insurance Markets" by Norma Nielson, Anne Kleffner, and Ryan B. Lee, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
2003 "Grade-Insurance: Capitalizing on Classroom Learning Opportunities" by Nat Pope, Bradley University, and Yu-Luen Ma, Illinois State University
2002 "Riskopoly: A Final Exam" by James Kallman, St. John's University
2001 "The Risk Balls Game" by Etti Baranoff, Virginia Commonwealth University
2000 Nicos Scordis, College of Insurance
1999 "The RIIT Group at Penn State University", Lisa Posey, Penn State University
1998 "A Course on Alternative Risk Financing" by Nicos Scordis, College of Insurance
1997 "Market Simulation for Homeowners Insurance" by Dave Russell, Illinois Wesleyan University
1996 "Integrating Students, Faculty, and Industry Executives" by Sandra Gustavson and Jim Trieschman, University of Georgia
1994 Arnold Shapiro and Ron Crabb, Penn State University
1993 "The Risk Management Quiz Show" by Norma Nielson, Oregon State University
1992 (co-winners). "Insurance Company Management Computer Game" by Rob Hoyt and Jim Trieschman, University of Georgia, and Ginny Grace, San Jose State University
1991 (co-winners). "Introducing Students to Insurance", by Steve D'Arcy, University of Illinois, and "Multimedia Computer-Based Colloquium for Risk and Insurance Instruction" by Arnold Shapiro, Penn State University
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