Faculty Profile: Management

Ayman Amer, Management

Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Ayman Amer didn’t expect a career in teaching. After finishing an undergraduate degree in his home country of Egypt, he came to America in 1985 to persue graduate school. He had the opportunity to teach a single class period when his professor-mentor was ill and found passion in leading discussions and exchanging ideas.

Now, Dr. Amer is teaching traditional, accelerated, honors and graduate economics classes and has been with Mount Mercy since 2000. He still finds passion in the exchange of ideas and satisfies his curiosity by conducting research aimed at understating economics around the world.

“I get a chance to explain what I learn about life and economics to my classes,” Dr. Amer said.

Prior to joining Mount Mercy’s faculty, Dr. Amer conducted research for the public health system in Kuwait from 1978-84 and, after deciding to study in America, taught at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey.

“I came to Mount Mercy because I worked in a similar Catholic institution in New York City. But Iowa is much more family friendly, and my children were ten and eleven years old at the time and they loved living in Iowa.”

Though Iowa’s cold season is difficult for the native Egyptian, the rewards for pushing through have been plentiful, and giving back to the community has become a priority for Dr. Amer.

Dr. Amer has presented papers on income inequality, immigration and gender impact on unemployment. He has authored two chapters in a special edition of McGraw-Hill’s “Economics” text book and is in the process of gathering material for two more papers: one will be a manuscript on women in the new economy and the other will concern the future of the free market system in relation to gender roles, inequality and globalization.

He has served as a panelist on KGRG-TV 9, KWWL-TV 7 and WMT Radio on various topics including lending ethics, tax incentives, income inequality, and social security reform and has appeared on PBS's national broadcast: America at a Crossroads. Dr. Amer is also active in the interfaith community of Cedar Rapids. He was a guest lecturer for the "Children of Abraham" series and participated in several events organized by the Inter-Religious Council of Cedar Rapids and the Muslim American Society.