Actuarial Science Instructor (60% FTE)

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Dalhousie University has a growing degree program in Actuarial Science, located in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. To improve the relevance of our program, we are looking for persons with actuarial experience to teach core courses in our Actuarial Science program. Courses aim to prepare students for the Society of Actuaries (SOA) exams. Course descriptions are given below. Remote lecturing (via zoom, Teams or equivalent) is an option.

This position is 10 months/year, August to May, at 60% FTE. Salary rate will be according to the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) Collective Agreement, and pro-rated based on FTE.

The instructor will teach three courses annually, in the fall and winter terms. The courses to be taught are:

  • MATH/STAT 2600 Theory of Interest (usually offered in fall term)
  • ACSC/STAT 3720 Life Contingencies I (usually offered in winter term)
  • ACSC/STAT 4720 Life Contingencies II (usually offered in fall term)

Course descriptions are given below. Course load may be changed in consultation with the instructor in case of unexpected circumstances. The instructor is responsible for all aspects of teaching, grading and administration of each course taught (markers and TAs will be assigned as appropriate). The instructor will be available for three hours per week outside of class times for student consultation.

The successful candidate must:

(1) be a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, or an equivalent national society and

(2) have demonstrated evidence of teaching effectiveness.

The following will be considered an asset:

  • Experience teaching university-level courses remotely (only if the candidate would be teaching remotely.)
  • Experience teaching courses similar to those listed here
  • Experience as a practicing actuary.

To apply:
Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae which includes a summary of teaching experience, and contact information for at least two individuals who can provide confidential letters of reference. Reference letters will be solicited by the committee after an initial review of applications. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you would be teaching remotely or in person. All application materials must be submitted online:

The position is expected to start on August 1, 2022 and end on May 31, 2025. Review of applications will begin May 26, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Course descriptions:

MATH/STAT 2600 Theory of Interest

This course covers much of the material for exam FM. It begins with an introduction to different measures of interest rate – nominal and effective, discount rates, force of interest, etc. It then covers calculating the value of an annuity, and introduces calculations related to bonds. It also covers measurements of rate of return for general cash-flows. If time permits it may also cover duration and amortization.

ACSC/STAT 3720 Life Contingencies I
This course covers the long-term part of the FAM exam. The topics covered include: Survival models; Lifetables – standard lifetables, select lifetables; Valuation of insurance benefits; Valuation of Annuities; Premium calculation; Policy value calculation.

ACSC/STAT 4720 Life Contingencies II
This course covers the material for the ALTAM exam. The topics covered include: Multiple state models; Joint-life and last survivor insurance; Mortality improvement modelling; Estimation from empirical data; Pension mathematics; Profit testing.

Dalhousie’s vaccine mandate has been suspended at this time, and employees no longer need to provide proof of full vaccination. However, health and safety risks to our community will continue to be monitored and a vaccine mandate may be reinstated if necessary.


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