David A. Littell

David A. Littell


Faculty Member David Littell Landscape Photo

Joseph E. Boettner Chair in Research
Professor of Taxation
Co-Director of the New York Life Center for Retirement Income

Areas of Expertise:

Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, Pension Planning, Qualified Plans, Retirement Planning

BA, Northwestern University
JD, Boston University School of Law


David A. Littell, JD, ChFC®, holds the Joseph E. Boettner Chair in Research at The American College of Financial Services where he teaches and develops courses and textbooks for both graduate and certificate programs dealing with planning for retirement needs and understanding the older client. He is the co-creator of the Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) designation and coordinates its course curriculum. As Co-director of The American College New York Life Center for Retirement Income, Professor Littell manages the Center’s website containing over 300 educational videos. He also designs original research projects and interacts with media to promote industry and consumer articles on retirement income planning.

Professor Littell speaks regularly to financial advisors on the topics of pensions, retirement planning, and working with older clients. He also co-authored several books associated with The College’s courses, including Planning for Retirement Needs, Financial Decision Making at Retirement, and The Practitioner's Guide to Advanced Pension Topics. He has published numerous articles for such periodicals as the Journal of Financial Service Professionals, FOCUS, Compensation and Benefits Management, and Benefits Quarterly. In 1997, Professor Littell won an Article Award from the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) Board of Standards. He also has served on several CFP® item-writing committees for the CFP® Board of Examiners.

Professor Littell received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Northwestern University and earned a Juris Doctorate at the Boston University School of Law. He also received the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation from The American College of Financial Services.


GS 831 Ethics and Human Values

HS 326 Planning for Retirement Needs

HS 353 Retirement Income Process, Strategies and Solutions

HS 354 Sources of Retirement Income

HS 355 Managing the Retirement Income Plan