Brett Calhoon, M.S.

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Instructor of Mathematics

B.A., Humboldt State University, Mathematics, 2010
M.S., Western Washington University, 2014
Office Location
Hurst Hall 216


How did you discover Western?

Travelling the world, sadly, has a way of draining one's resources. While on my travels, I was job searching and came across the Mathematics Department's post looking for instructors. It was a great fit as my former ski-bum energies had been tragically diminished since my years ski bumming, and both of my degrees came from small mathematics departments, the exact kind of mathematics departments I love being a part of. I borrowed wifi from the bar across the street from my hotel in El Calafate, Argentina, and had a delightful phone interview that paved the way the words you are currently reading.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

Discovering category theory was pretty big for me. You think you have a grasp of the world, and then category theory comes along and you realize you might not even be in the right universe.

What most excites you about your field?

How quickly and how far math goes off the deep end. You really wouldn't believe how out-there math gets if you haven't dared to venture beyond the relative safety of calculus.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

There is cross country skiing everywhere! Watching a personal best rainbow trout rise for that parachute adams fly I had a feeling would work isn't bad either.​