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Darla Moore School of Business


Helen Doerpinghaus

Title: Professor
Vice Provost of Academic Affairs
Department: Department of Finance
Darla Moore School of Business
Phone: 803-777-2808

Osborne Building



Helen Doerpinghaus (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1989) is the vice provost of Academic Affairs for the university as well as being a professor of insurance. She has authored articles on insurance, employee benefits and health care in the Journal of Risk and Insurance, Inquiry, Risk Management and Insurance Review, Benefits Quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Financial and Strategic Decisions, and other journals. Doerpinghaus coauthored the seventh edition of an introductory textbook entitled Risk Management and Insurance and contributed to the text, International Risk and Insurance. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Risk and Insurance, Benefits Quarterly and the Journal of Financial Services Professionals.

She is past president of the American Risk and Insurance Association, past president of the Southern Risk and Insurance Association, and education chair of the Palmetto Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society. Doerpinghaus has received the Darla Moore School of Business Alfred G. Smith, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as a University of South Carolina Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award and the University's Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award. She has worked with the university's Center for Health Services and Policy Research and several governor's committees on Health Insurance Reform. She has consulted with business organizations and governmental agencies on various insurance and employee benefit projects.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • B.A., Macalester College, 1975