Professor Hossein Akhavi-Pour has been appointed to the Kahlert Endowed Professorship in economics for a three-year term that began July 1, 2012. The Kahlert Endowed Professorship was established by William G. Kahlert (class of 1916) to recognize a faculty member for being dedicated to excellent teaching and for encouraging students in economics to develop creative solutions to the nation's most challenging problems, including new and better ways to manage our economic system.
Dr. Akhavi-Pour has been a member of the economics faculty at Hamline University since 1987. Since that time, he has taught thousands of economics students. His courses range from introductory macroeconomics to international economics electives, and the senior seminar in economics where he guides economics majors in individual research projects.
As a scholar, Dr. Akhavi-Pour’s articles appear in publications ranging from the Journal for Critical Studies of the Middle East
: an Iranian Journal of Culture and Politics and Regional Science Perspectives. In addition, he is an active presenter at academic conferences, including the Eastern Economic Association, the Annual Conference for Iranian Research and Analysis, and the Third World Studies Conference.
Professor Akhavi-Pour has a long-standing record of service to Hamline University, the economics profession, and the community. His commitment to students is evidenced in his participation in faculty-student collaborative research projects and honors projects as well as his work this year and next on the Scholarship Fair organizing committee. In addition, he is the co-founder of and a frequent speaker for the Hamline University International Roundtable Series as well as a presenter at multiple First Friday Forums and seminar participant during Alumni Weekend. From 1991 until 2008, he was the chair and member of the organizing committee for the annual two-day symposium on Life and Politics in the Middle East, now the Middle East Dialogue. Recently, Dr. Akhavi-Pour co-initiated and now co-organizes the School of Business Faculty Research Seminar Series. He is currently chair of the Department of Economics, Strategy, and Marketing in the School of Business and chaired the committee that developed the School of Business tenure and promotion policies.
His service to his profession and community includes being a consulting economist to the Upper Midwest Council on Economic Policy, member of the board of directors of the Minnesota Economic Association, and a member of the organizing committee on conferences for the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association.