Professor Gunter has received four major awards for excellence in teaching including the 2016 Richard and Christine Staub Award. His service course is Eco 1, Principles of Economics. He also teaches Economic Development, Economic Development of China, and Political-Economy of Iraq.
Professor Gunter is the author of The Political Economy of Iraq: Restoring Balance in a Post-Conflict Society (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013), which was selected by Choice magazine as an “outstanding academic title” of the year. The Arabic version, translated by Mohaned al Hamdi Ph.D., was published in Iraq in 2015. Other research efforts include the economics of entrepreneurship, corruption, Chinese capital flight, and economic development during conflict. His research perspective is pragmatic and most of his work combines quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Professor Gunter is currently an Advisory Council Member of the Iraq Britain Business Council. Previously, he was the Senior Civilian Economics Advisor for Multi-National Corps – Iraq at Camp Victory, Iraq (July 2008-July 2009). He was responsible for briefing the Commanding Generals of Multi-National Corps/Force on Iraqi economic development issues including impact of corruption, oil prices, state owned enterprises, and budget decisions. Previously, he was assigned as military Chief of Economics Section for Multi-National Force – Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad, Iraq with similar responsibilities (November 2005 – May 2006). He has also been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the Inter-American Development Bank as well as government entities in China and Colombia.
In 2020, Professor Gunter was elected for a two-year term as Vice Chairperson of Lehigh’s Faculty Senate. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the University Educational Policy Committee.
A retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Colonel, he was mobilized after 9/11 to command a 6,000 Marine and Sailor combined arms training exercise (CAX 7/8-02). He later served as president of the Marine Reserve Mobilization Delay, Deferment, and Exemption Board; Deputy Director of the Tsunami Coalition Coordination Center in Thailand; and Deputy of Coalition Operations in Iraq.
"Simple Model of Entrepreneurship for Principles of Economic Courses" Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2012, pp. 1-11. (For a longer version of this article, appropriate as a handout in a principles course, click here.