Jump start your risk management career

Risk is an essential part of the business world. Every investment can lead to high returns or substantial losses. Finding a cost-efficient solution for potential losses—that's risk management.

When many firms or individuals face similar risk exposures, it's efficient to pool the risks together. Insurance companies provide a pooling mechanism.

While large firms have their own risk management department, smaller firms hire risk management consultants, brokers, or insurance agents to give them advice. Insurance companies need actuaries for price calculations, underwriters to analyze clients’ risks and to negotiate deals, claims adjusters to manage loss events, asset managers, marketing experts, accountants, and general managers to run the company.

Tippie’s Risk Management and Insurance major prepares you to fill roles in the industry in Iowa and beyond. Nearly 140 insurance companies are located in Iowa, and less than 60 universities in the country offer a risk management and insurance program.

Regardless of your chosen major, with the Vaughan Institute’s Certificate in Risk Management and Insurance you will be far ahead of your competition and ready for a rewarding career in the risk management and insurance (RMI) industry or wherever else you choose.

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Get involved

How we help recruiters

  • We include job ads in our student newsletter
  • The online student resume book is available September through April and updated each September and February
  • The Actuarial Science, Insurance & Risk Management Job and Internship Fair in the fall is a great event to meet our students

Student Resume book

Alumni network

As an alumnus, there are many ways to stay involved with the Vaughan Institute, from speaking, mentoring, and networking to serving on a board or giving. Get involved! To get started, contact us.

Speakers & mentors

Speaker series and the mentor program are critical parts of the learning experience for Vaughan students. Industry mentors are matched with students for an academic year based on their career aspirations. Mentors are expected to spend 2–3 hours a month interacting with their student and attend three on-campus events. Speakers are invited to present at Gamma Iota Sigma events, in classes, and at other program functions.

Boards & networking

The Vaughan Institute Advisory Board comprises senior industry leaders, and the Young Alumni Board includes up-and-coming early career professionals in RMI. Both provide valuable guidance and support the institute. The LinkedIn group is one way to stay connected, along with regular networking receptions organized by alumni in Des Moines.

Support the Vaughan Institute

The Vaughan Institute is funded solely by gifts and annual donations. In order for the program to continue providing a nurturing learning environment and enrichment activities, your support is needed and appreciated.


The University of Iowa has been known for producing leaders in the world of risk management and insurance for decades. Emmett J. Vaughan (1934–2004) began his University of Iowa career in 1963 as an assistant professor, directing the college's efforts in insurance education. He was essential in helping the university earn a distinguished reputation in the field of insurance education in the 1970s and 1980s while mentoring many of the industry's top leaders.

Dr. Vaughan served as dean of the Division of Continuing Education from 1986 until 2001 while continuing to teach insurance courses. Under Dr. Vaughan’s guidance, the Tippie College of Business partnered with industry leaders to launch the institute to help with the industry's expanding employment needs. After Dr. Vaughan's passing in 2004, the institute was renamed in his honor.

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Global Center of Insurance Excellence

The Vaughan Institute is proud to have been designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence (GCIE). This distinction recognizes the quality of education students in our program receive, the dedication of our faculty, and the power of a curriculum built on fundamentals and experiential learning.

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An A.M. Best College Standout

Being identified by A.M. Best's Review as one of the 20 leading risk management and insurance programs is a recognition that influences a University of Iowa student’s education while indirectly controlling their experience finding a career after college. The award influences first- and second-year students to understand and embrace what this type of education does for their resume. Faculty dedication to course objectives, and using experiential learning as a catalyst for knowledge retention, are the key to build a first-class education. Tippie faculty leverage the thirst for knowledge that started with Dr. Emmett Vaughan to make the University of Iowa a prestigious university for insurance education. With 29 headquartered insurance companies in the State of Iowa, this program is the future of insurance in this state. The Vaughan Institute builds on past excellence to become Top 20 candidate and to provide a top-tier education at a top-tier institution.


Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance

108 John Pappajohn Business Building, S230 Iowa City, IA 52242-1994