Clinical Associate Professor of Risk Management
Department: Risk Management
Office: 347 Business Building
Member of Faculty Since: 2006
Dave Cather joined the Smeal College of Business in 2006. He holds a B.S.B.A. from Bowling Green State University and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia. Prior to his current position at Penn State, Dr. Cather taught at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also held teaching positions at Temple University and Bowling Green State University. Before starting his academic career, Dr. Cather worked in the property-liability insurance industry as a licensed independent agent.
Dr. Cather's research interests include corporate risk management, insurance regulation, auto insurance, and health insurance. His research has been published in a variety of journals, including Journal of Risk and Insurance, Risk Management and Insurance Review, Journal of Banking and Finance, CPCU Journal, and Best's Review.
In the classroom, Dr. Cather is an accomplished instructor who has received several teaching awards. He was the 2008 recipient of the Les Strickler Innovation in Instruction Award, presented by the American Risk and Insurance Association. While at Wharton, he was the recipient of the Sigma Kappa Phi Outstanding Professor Award.
Dr. Cather is the co-author of Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance, 10th edition, which will be published by Pearson in Fall 2012.
David A. Cather, "A Gentle Introduction to Risk Aversion and Utility Theory," Risk Management and Insurance Review, Spring 2010.
David A. Cather, "Insurance Competition Through Innovations in Risk Classification: The Case of Credit-Based Insurance Scores," presented at the 2009 Annual meeting of the American Risk and Insurance Association.
Dr. Cather has served as an expert witness in several cases pertaining to agent-insurer contracting and insurance underwriting practices.
Journal of Risk and Insurance, Book Review Editor
INS 575, Risk Management
RM 430, Life and Health Insurance
RM 302, Risk and Insurance
RM 405, Corporate Risk Management