Dr. Hira has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions to academia and research in her fields of study, including the Research Excellence Award of the Japan Society of Household Economics, University of Missouri Distinguished Alumni Award, Iowa State University Regents’ Faculty Excellence Award, Alumni Faculty Citation, the Wilton Park International Achievement Award, and the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.

Honors and awards 


1990 Research Excellence Award of Japan Society of Household Economics
1989 Certification of Recognition as a resource person for a one-week professional development training workshop by Consumer Corporate Affairs, Canada Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
1972 Fulbright-Hays Scholarship

Government of Pakistan National Merit Scholarship


2009-2011 Current – Chair, Financial Literacy Advisory Council of NYSE Euronext
2008-2009 President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, appointed by the The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush
2008 The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, appointed Tahira K. Hira to serve a two-year term on the President’s Council on Financial Literacy, created that day by Executive Order at a ceremony at the White House (January 22nd).
2004 Distinguished Alumni Award, Alumni Association, University of Missouri, Columbia
2004 “The Best of 25 years”, by the Journal of Financial Planning, October 1st Hira, T. K., H. Van Auken, and D. Norris. A look behind the scene: A survey of how CFPs work. Journal of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners 7 (2,): 69–85. This article was selected and re-printed (October, pp 76-88)
2004 Award-winning paper—Effects of Financial Education on Self-directed Financial Learning and Career Satisfaction of Lower-level, White-collar Workers, National Endowment for Financial Education Think Tank “Motivating Americans to Develop Constructive Financial Behaviors.” Denver, May. $1,000 Award
1998 Expert witness for the United States Senate Committee on Judiciary–revision of Consumer Bankruptcy Code, March 11, Washington, D.C.
1995–1998 Member of National Expert Bank: American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for family resource management subject matter
1996 Distinguished Fellows Award, the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE)
1996 Selected to participate in a 20-member national “Welfare Reform Think Tank,” The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1995–1997 Appointed to a three-member National Advisory Committee for AT&T’s Partners in Education Program
1995 Invited to participate in a nine-member national retirement saving expert focus group by Putnam Investment and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1993 Selected as one of the 21 delegates by the American Home Economics Association to participate in a national conference, “Positioning the Profession for 21st Century.” Scottsdale, Arizona
1991–1992 USDA State Agricultural Experiment Station Leadership development program, class 1 scholarship awarded by the Association of Administrators in Home Economics (AAHE)
1987 Expert witness for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee—policies on disclosure of interest rates on saving; need for information and consumer education, Washington, D.C.


2009-2011 Iowa Student Loan Board, appointed by Governor Chet Culver to represent Iowa Board of Regents
2008-2010 Iowa Credit Union Board, appointed by Governor Chet Culver
2007 Financial Literacy Skills Writing committee (Governor Chet Culver’s appointment to Model Curriculum for 21st century Skills Committee)
2006 Member of the Council of Economic Advisors, Iowa (Governor Tom Vilsack appointment)
1991 Research Award, Iowa Home Economics Association
1983 Consumer Merit Award, Iowa Consumer League

College and university

2010 Order of the Knoll, Iowa State University Faculty & Staff Award
1998 Strong Minded Women Award, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, Iowa State University
1998 ISU Wilton Park International Service Award
1997 ISU Foreign Travel Grant
1996 Iowa State Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence
1996 ISU Alumni Association Faculty Citation Award for inspiring service to students and alumni
1996 ISU Foreign Travel Grant
1994 Iowa State University College of Family and Consumer Sciences International Achievement Award
1993 Iowa State University College of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Excellence Award
1992 Grace Olson Resident Instruction Award for Application of Computers in Teaching Family Financial Planning Concepts, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
1988 Iowa State University Foreign Travel Grant
1984 Iowa State University Foreign Travel Grant