Institute Fellows are nationally recognized thought leaders and prominent scholars, experienced in matters of importance to TIAA and those we serve. These experts extend our knowledge, skills and reach, and advance our thought leadership. Fellows have conducted more than 100 Institute-sponsored research studies.
Conducting and sponsoring rigorous academic research since 1998
With a team of economists and program staff, Fellows and strategic partners, the Institute conducts research and organizes convenings on critical issues related to financial security, higher education and endowments and foundations.
The Institute provides an environment in which academic researchers can exchange ideas and expand their reach to affect public policy. Leaders use the knowledge provided by the Institute to make better-informed decisions.
The TIAA Institute supports original research and thought leadership through its grants program. Leading scholars are encouraged to submit innovative research ideas on financial security, higher education and endowments and foundations. The TIAA Institute, with the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, funds high-quality, cutting-edge research on retirement policy and practice.
The Institute’s signature award programs are designed to advance knowledge and recognize leadership excellence. The TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award For Outstanding Scholarly Writing On Lifelong Financial Security recognizes an outstanding research publication that helps advance Americans’ lifelong financial well-being. The TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education recognizes a current higher education leader for commitment to higher education, leadership and contributions to the greater good.
On October 21, 2016, the TIAA Institute and the Wharton School’s Pension Research Council co-hosted a Fellows Symposium focused on retirement security.
Financial Literacy of Gen Y
Gen Y is the largest and most educated generation in U.S. history; yet, its financial position is actually very fragile. The TIAA Institute focuses on Gen Y, which is poised to make choices that have serious implications for the future, with strategies to better serve their unique needs.
Managing Retirement Patterns In Higher Education
Higher education workers are working longer and delaying retirement for various reasons, including economic and personal.
TIAA Institute examines what motivates retirement decisions, the impact and pressures delayed retirement has on colleges and universities and, programs such as phased retirement and other options higher education institutions are considering to address this challenge.
Preferences and Psychology: Effect on Retirement Planning Choices
Individual preferences and biases motivate people to make decisions how to save for retirement. The TIAA Institute explores motivations affecting people to make retirement planning decisions, and how decisions can be influenced by the way information is presented.