Owen Byer

Owen Byer

Office Phone: (540) 432-4642


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SC 002

Department Chair

Mathematical Sciences Dept

Professor of Mathematics

Mathematical Sciences Dept


MA in Biomedicine

Owen earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary certification at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Delaware. He first taught at Eastern Mennonite in 1991 as a sabbatical replacement while on leave from graduate school, and then returned for a full-time position in 1999. His graduate training is in combinatorics (graph theory, specifically), and he is currently coauthoring a Discrete Math textbook to explain all he knows about the subject! His hobbies include playing basketball, bridge, and watching NFL football. Owen and his wife Barbara were married in January 1990, with son Cameron born in 1998 and daughter Lily in 2001. The family attends Weavers Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va.

Owen is currently chair of EMU’s Mathematical Sciences department and will be serving as President of EMU’s faculty senate in 2014-15.

  • B.A. in Mathematics, with secondary education certification, from Messiah College, 1989.
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Delaware, 1996, under the direction of Felix Lazebnik. Thesis: Several Results on Extremal (v,e)-graphs.
Church, Community and Professional Service
(2014-2015 Academic Year only)
  • Guest lecturer, Eastern Mennonite High School, in Advanced Placement Calculus class, May 2015.
  • Director of Harrisonburg Duplicate Bridge Club.
  • Reviewer for Math Reviews.
  • Chair of Finance Committee, Weavers Mennonite Church.
Professional Memberships
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences
EMU Service
(2014-2015 Academic Year only)
  • Chair of Mathematical Sciences Department
  • Member of Undergraduate Council
  • President of Faculty Senate
  • President’s Cabinet, Strategic Planning Committee (as Senate president)
  • Member of Faculty Status Committee
  • Interim Director of Honors Committee
  • Guest speaker in EMU Investment class