Mathematics and Computing Faculty

Travis Dalton

Lecturer of Business and CIS

Travis has B.S. in Business Administration and a MBA with a concentration in Information Management and Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University. He was most recently a Business and Technology teacher and Business Department chair at Union County Career and Technology Center in Union, SC, and  has been teaching computing and business courses as adjunct professor at USC- Union and Spartanburg Community College since 2008.

(803) 786-3803


Dr. Qintong Hu

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Qintong received her B.S. in Mathematics from Qingdao University, China. 

She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for graduate degrees and earned a M.S. in Mathematics, M.S. in Mathematics Education and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education.

She has taught at Pellissippi State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before joining Columbia College. She also has high school teaching experience. Her research interests include curiculum analysis, teachers’ knowledge and beliefs, preservice teacher education and comparative studies.

In her spare time, Qintong enjoys cooking, jogging and traveling.

(803) 786-3844 


Dr. Virginia P. Johnson

Assistant Professor of Mathematics 

Virginia obtained her B.A. in Mathematics from Antioch College in Ohio, an  M.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from NC A & T  University, an M.A. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina and her  Ph.D. in Mathematics (Discrete Mathematics) from University of South Carolina.  She has taught at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of South Carolina and Lander University (SC) before joining the faculty at Columbia College.

Her interests include discrete mathematics, number theory and graph theory. She has also taught high school mathematics in public schools, and is passionate about finding ways to improve the teaching of mathematics at all levels. She enjoys working with undergraduate students on independent research projects. Dr. Johnson also serves as the advisor for the Mathematics and Computer & Information Science (MCS) Club. 

Her non-academic pursuits include hiking, and working with fiber arts including spinning, dying, felting, and knitting. 

(803) 786-3775


Alice K.C. Lou

Alice Lou Lecturer of Mathematics

Alice was born and raised in Macau, China. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Columbia College (SC) and a M.S. in Operations Research from Columbia University. Ms. Lou joined the faculty of Columbia College immediately after her graduate studies in 2008. Her interests include mathematical finance, international capital markets, and operational management. Ms. Lou is currently working toward her Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

(803) 786-3005


Maria Markovich

Lecturer of Mathematics 
Maria obtained her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Shippensburg University and her M.A. degree in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in the area of number theory. She has taught at the University of South Carolina before coming to Columbia College. She enjoys working collaboratively with others in an effort to improve and expand the teaching of mathematics. 
Outside of academia, Maria enjoys camping/hiking, reading and playing the paino and alto saxophone. 

(803) 786-3892 


Dr. Madeleine Schep

Head, Division of Business, Mathematics and Sciences
Professor of Mathematics and Computer and Information Science;
Program Coordinator, Computer and Information Science

Madeleine teaches both in the Mathematics and the Computer and Information Science (CIS) programs and is the coordinator for the CIS program. A native of France, she received a “maitrise” in Mathematics from the University of Paris 7 (Paris Diderot) and earned her Doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris-Sud. She came to the University of South Carolina as a research fellow and continued teaching at USC as an adjunct professor for many years, before coming to Columbia College in 1998.

While she has taught over twenty different courses at Columbia College, Madeleine currently teaches Discrete Mathematics, an occasional upper-level mathematics course, programming courses, and introductory computer science courses. Her current research interest focuses primarily on ways to attract and retain students (especially female students), in Computer Science. Her work in this area has been funded by several National Science Foundation grants.

When not in front of a computer, Madeleine enjoys greatly the outdoors, hiking in the mountains, horseback riding, skiing with her three grown children or taking long walks with her husband, Anton, and their dog. 

(803) 786-3714