Dr. Schep is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer & Information Science and the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. She has been an instructor at Columbia College for over 20 years and enjoys teaching programming in Python or Java, web development (back-end and front-end), algorithms, and software development. Dr. Schep also teaches mathematics courses with special interest in discrete mathematics, abstract and linear algebra.
Dr. Schep is passionate about encouraging young women to join the computer science field as evidenced by her research and service activities. Her current research focuses on ways to attract and retain female students in computer science, and her work in this area has been funded by several National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Schep has also chaired several committees and teams that promote women in science; including the Carolinas Women in Computing Conference (CWIC) committee; the steering committee for Computer Science Education for South Carolina; and South Carolina Department of Education Computer Science Standards Development team.
Dr. Schep received her “Maitrise”, or Master's degree, in Mathematics from the University of Paris 7 (Paris Diderot) and her doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris-Sud.
In her spare time, Dr. Schep enjoys hiking, skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and taking long walks with her husband and dog.
Awards & Accomplishments
- Award: Columbia College Faculty Excellence Award (2013)
- Burke Q., Schep M., Dalton T., (2016) CS for SC: A Landscape Report of K-12 Computer Science in South Carolina, https://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.csteachers.org/resource/resmgr/ECEP_SC_Landscape_Report.pdf
- Cooper S., Rodger S., Schep M., Stalvey R.H., Dann W., (2015) Growing a K-12 Community of Practice, In Proceedings of SIGCSE technical symposium ( SIGCSE’15), March 4–7, 2015, Kansas City, MO, USA
- Cooper, S., Dann W. , Lawhead P., Lewis D., Rodger S., Schep, M. and Stalvey, R. A Pre-College Professional Development Program, In Proceedings of the 16th annual joint conference on Innovation and technology in computer science education (ITiCSE '11).
- Poster presentation at The SIGCSE Technical symposium (March 2017): CS for SC: A landscape Report of K-12 Computer Science in South Carolina. Burke q, Schep M., Dalton T.
- Presentation at the South Carolina summit on STEM Education in October 2014: Creating a Digitally Skilled Workforce.
- Poster presentation for the 2013 TUES/CCLI PI Conference in Washington, D.C: Computer Science for the Liberal Arts: Reaching an Untapped Pool of Students. Schep M.