Holly Peters Hirst


  • B.A., Temple University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


  • Computational Science, Mathematical Modeling & Optimization Theory
  • Using Technology in the Classroom



About Holly Hirst

Holly Hirst has been teaching mathematics for over 30 years, and is especially interested in sharing her love of all things math and computing with anyone who will listen. She served in several administrative positions during her time at Appalachian, including Acting Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of the University Reaffirmation of Accreditation Self-Study, and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. She is thrilled to be back in the mathematics classroom! She is married to Dr. Jeff Hirst, also a professor of mathematics at Appalachian. They both love mathematics, cooking, music, science fiction, traveling (especially to St. John USVI) and living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. They share their home with three furry children: June, Remi, and Henry.

Title: Professor, Graduate Program Director
Department: Department of Mathematical Sciences

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2869

Fax: (828) 265-8617

Office address
327 Walker Hall