Patrick Bahls, Ph.D.

Honors Director & Professor of Mathematics

Contact Information

  • 828-232-5190
  • 140 Karpen Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Note: Office hours are also available by appointment. Office Hours are held in the Honors Office, Karpen Hall 140.


Patrick Bahls was born and raised in Helena, Montana. He stayed in the West for college, attending the University of Denver as an undergraduate before moving to the South to pursue his doctoral degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After a completing a postdoctoral position at he University of Illinois, Patrick joined the faculty in the Math Department at UNC Asheville and later took over as Director of the university's Honors Program. Patrick's academic interests vary widely, including not only pure mathematics but also composition and rhetoric and urban studies. Among his favorite classes to teach are Calculus II and the university's senior capstone course, LA 478: Cultivating Global Citizenship.


  • B.S., 1998, University of Denver
  • M.S., 2000, Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D., 2002, Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught

  • MATH167 Precalculus
  • MATH179 Lib Studies Intro Colloquium
  • MATH191 Calculus I
  • MATH192 Calculus II
  • MATH271 Set Theory
  • MATH280 Intro to Foundations of Math
  • MATH365 Linear Algebra I
  • MATH 431 Topology
  • MATH461Abstract Algebra I
  • MATH480 Mathematics Seminar
  • MATH499 Dedekind-MacNeille Completion
  • MATH499 Ramsey Theory of Certain Graphs
  • MATH480 Mathematics Seminar
  • LSIC179 Ethnomathematics

This faculty member teaches in UNC Asheville's Humanities Program.

Professional Interests

Graph theory and combinatorics, algebra, number theory, writing in the disciplines and writing across the curriculum, diversity pedagogy, culturally sensitive pedagogy, and urban studies.

Selected publications

  • "Opening doors: Facilitating transfer students' participation in honors," Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, vol. 19 (Fall/Winter 2019), no. 2, 73-100.
  • "Unimodality of the independence polynomials of non-regular caterpillars," with Bailey Ethridge and Levente Szabo, Australasian Journal of Combinatorics, vol. 71 (2018) no. 1, 104-112.
  • "LaTeXnics: The effect of specialized typesetting software on STEM students' composition processes," with Amanda Wray, Computers & Composition, vol. 37 (2015) 104-116.
  • "Utility and expandability of channel assignments," with Thomas Mahoney, Ars Combinatoria, vol. 114 (2014) 73-85.
  • Student writing in the quantitative disciplines: A guide for college faculty, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2012.

Personal Website

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