Lynne McChristian

Lynne McChristian

Senior Instructor of Finance

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Biography

Lynne McChristian is the director of the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research at Gies College of Business, where she is also a senior instructor teaching insurance and enterprise risk management classes. Prior to joining the College in 2019, she was on the faculty at Florida State University and served as executive director of FSU’s Center for Risk Management Education & Research. McChristian’s corporate career includes more than 14 years working in the Florida office of the United Services Automobile Association. She has also been a consultant with the Insurance Information Institute and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, which are insurance industry trade groups. McChristian has a bachelor's in journalism from Marquette University and a master's in mass communication from the University of Arkansas.

Contact

470 F Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-300-1883

lynnem2@illinois.edu

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Positions Held

  • Senior Instructor of Finance, Finance, University of Illinois, 2019 to present
  • Non-resident Scholar, Insurance Information Institute, 2008-2019

Recent Publications

Other Publications

Presentations

  • McChristian, L. (2020). Coronavirus and Insurance. Gies Covid Webinar Series, Gies College of Business.
  • McChristian, L. (2019). Together We Do More: Building Industry & Academic Partnerships. Risk Analytics Symposium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • McChristian, L. (2019). General Session: Flood Insurance. National Hurricane Conference.

Service

  • Guest Speaker, Hurricane Preparedness Conference (partnership with Georgia Tech), 2020-2020

Current Courses

  • Introduction to Insurance (FIN 230) Introductory course on the role of insurance in society; covers insurance terminology, common personal insurance policies (auto, health, life and homeowners) and current issues.

  • Risk Management Academy (FIN 393) The Risk Management Academy is an enrichment program for outstanding undergraduates from across campus. The nature of risk management requires a knowledge base that includes majors from a number of colleges and departments including Finance, Actuarial Science, Atmospheric Sciences, Financial Planning, Engineering, Math and Statistics. RMA provides a select program that focuses on developing future business leaders in risk management via enhanced academic and career opportunities. Students are normally invited to participate by the faculty during their freshman or sophomore year, when they are enrolled in FIN 230 and other basic RM courses. If inducted/accepted, students participate throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 8 hours.

  • Property-Liability Insurance (FIN 431) Examines in detail the functions of property-liability insurers, including marketing, underwriting, claims, ratemaking and administration, and the major current issues facing this industry.

  • Corporate Risk Management (FIN 433) Case study course examining how corporations deal with pure risk.

  • Risk Management Academy (FIN 490) Lectures and discussions relating to new areas of interest. See class schedule for topics and prerequisites.

  • Enterprise Risk Management (FIN 526) The application of basic risk management principles to all risks facing the organization. Integrates hazard, financial, strategic and operational risks under a single framework. Provides a conceptual framework for making risk management decisions to increase business value. The course will includes a review of the legal and regulatory environment that sets the stage for Enterprise Risk Management, cover the tools used for risk analysis, examine data integration processes and show how risk measurement relates to strategic and tactical business decisions.

  • Foundations in Risk Management (FIN 530) This course introduces risk management including basic concepts and techniques of pure risk and financial risk management. Corporate hazard risk management including insurance and securitization of pure risks will be covered in detail. Insurer risk management will be examined including reinsurance, loss reserving, underwriting of risks, and catastrophic risk management. Students will also be introduced to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM).

Contact

470 F Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-300-1883

lynnem2@illinois.edu

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