Appalachian State University

Holly Peters Hirst

Photo of Holly HirstProfessor of Mathematics
and Math MA Program Co-Director

Please follow the links above to find out about me. I may be contacted at:

HirstHP@appstate.edu
828.262.2869
Department of Mathematical Sciences
BOX 32092
Boone, NC 28608
shipping address: 121 Bodenheimer Drive #327 (UPS/FedEx)
physical location: 327 Walker Hall

Spring 2019 Schedule

I am teaching MAT 4340/5340 Operations Research this spring, along with a TA supported section of MAT 1010 Introduction to Mathematics. Students should check ASULearn for more information about these courses. I am usually on campus Monday through Friday from 9 to 5.

My "drop in" office hours are Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11-1, and Wednesday/Thursday 3-4. If you need to see me outside of class or office hours you should make an appointment. Email is the best way to contact me if I am not in my office.

Professional Activities

I have served on the Mathematical Association of America's Committee on the Mathematical Education of Teachers (COMET) from 2009 through 2014, and on the Education Committees and as coordinator for the Mathematics Workshop sessions for Super Computing 2011 (SC11) and Super Computing 2010 (SC10). I also served as regional coordinator for the Mathematical Association of America's Preparing Mathematicians to Educate Teachers (PMET) initiative and as co-PI on the NSF funded National Computational Science Institute and Shodor Computational Science Institute. I also help when I can with Project Interactivate and other mathematics and computational science initiatives at The Shodor Education Foundation.

I served from 2005 through 2013 as the Associate Dean in the Cratis Williams Graduate School, during which time I was responsible for and supervised staff in graduate recruiting, admissions, assistantships, and records. In that capacity I served on many University committees and as secretary for the North Carolina Conference of Graduate Schools.

See my vita for more information. [Full Text of PhD Thesis]

Personal Information

I am married to Dr. Jeff Hirst, also a professor of mathematics at Appalachian. We both love mathematics, cooking, music, science fiction, traveling (especially to St. John USVI) and living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We share our home with our four furry children: June, Remi, Henry, and CC (clockwise from left).

family photo