Kadir Bahar

Assistant Professor
446 CPS


  • Ph.D.: University of Arizona, 2013 (Gifted Education/Mathematics Education)
  • B.S.: Bilkent University, 2003 (Industrial Engineering)


  • EDUC 381: Educational Psychology
  • EDUC 382: Managing Learning Environments
  • EDUC 314: Nature and Needs of the Gifted


Kadir Bahar is an assistant professor of education at UW-Stevens Point. His research interests include education of mathematical talent development, problem solving, and STEM education. After graduating summa cum laude from Bilkent University with a degree in industrial engineering, he completed his Ph.D. in Gifted Education with a minor in Mathematics Education at the University of Arizona. Professor Bahar is the recipient of numerous awards including Math Hero of the Year Award (national recognition by Raytheon Co & MathMovesU in 2009, United States) and Edith May Sliffe - Distinguished Teaching Award (nation-wide recognition by Mathematical Association of America in 2010). Currently, Dr. Bahar serves as the director of Youth in College STEM program that offers classes in STEM areas, from advanced mathematical problem solving to Lego Robotics for talented students.

Selected Publications

  • Bahar, A. & Maker, C. J. (2011). Exploring the relationship between Mathematical Creativity and Mathematical Achievement. Asia-Pacific Journal of Gifted and Talented Education, 3(1), 33-48
  • Bahar, A. & Maker, J. (2015). Cognitive Backgrounds of Problem Solving: Comparison of Open-ended vs. Closed Mathematics Problems. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 11(6), 1531-1546.
  • Bahar, A. & Adiguzel, T. (2016). Analysis of factors influencing interest in stem career: Comparison between high ability and motivated American and Turkish high school students. Journal of STEM Education, 17(3), 64-69.
  • Gomez-Arizaga, M. P., Bahar, A., Maker, C. J., Zimmerman, R., & Pease, R. (2016). How does Learning occur in the Classroom? Students’ Perceptions of Science Instruction. Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 12(3), 431-455