Faculty and Staff

Dr. Lindsay Davis

Dr. Lindsay Davis serves as the Assistant Dean for Scholars Programs and the Director of the President's Scholars Program. She came to SMU in 2012 with a background in university admission and earned her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership in 2014. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in 2010 with a BBA in Entrepreneurial Management and a BA in Theatre. She most recently earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education from the Simmons School of Education & Human Development at SMU. In addition to directing the President’s Scholars Program and Hunt Leadership Scholars Program, Lindsay has also served on the University Conduct Board and has held many volunteer roles with first year student programs, such as orientation and the Common Reading, and is a recipient of the "M" Award.

Outside of her life at SMU, Lindsay serves on the
Board of Directors of the Junior League of Dallas and volunteers as the membership advisor for a local chapter of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.  Lindsay and her husband, Joe (the Associate Dean of Admission at SMU), are serious sports fans and love to cheer on the Mustangs every chance they get.  Their daughter, Elliott, is already preparing to be a proud member of the SMU Class of 2041.

Dr. Susan Harris

Dr. Susan Harris graduated with her BA in Psychology from The University of Kansas in 1987 and then received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas in 1994. She was an Assistant professor at Trinity University and Northern Arizona University prior to joining the SMU Psychology Department as an adjunct faculty member in 2003 which continues to this day. In 2013, she also joined the staff of the University Advising Center as the pre-major advisor for the University Honors Program. It was her distinct pleasure to become a faculty sponsor for the President’s Scholars Program in 2019. In the Spring of 2021, Dr. Harris became the Director of PreLaw advising at SMU.

Susan and her husband, Dr. Ian Harris, an Associate Professor of Statistics at SMU, have 3 children. Their oldest became a proud graduate of SMU in May 2021. They enjoy spending time with family, watching soccer, and traveling when they can. They regularly host outdoor movie nights for friends, neighbors, and family when the weather permits.


Dr. Joseph Kobylka

Involved with the President’s Scholars program for many years, Joe Kobylka became its faculty sponsor coordinator in 2008. He is an inaugural member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, and an associate professor of Political Science. His teaching and research interests include the areas of constitutional law, judicial politics, and American political thought. He has published three books in these areas, and his fourth – The Judicial Odyssey of Justice Harry A. Blackmun — is under contract with the University of Virginia Press. The Teaching Company published his lecture series “Cycles of American Political Thought” in 2007, and he had a featured interview on PBS’s “The Supreme Court” (2007). His teaching and service to the university have been recognized by a number of honors and awards: the “M” Award, the Willis M. Tate Award (twice), the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award (five times), Distinguished University Citizen Award, H.O.P.E. Distinguished Professor Award, SMU Student Senate Faculty Member of the Year Award, Bridge Committee Award, and the Deshner Award. Kobylka teaches a seminar that, every other year, takes 12 students to Washington, D.C., to do original research in the papers of the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court housed in the Library of Congress.

He also owns and manages a competitive fantasy baseball team, Publius.

Dr. Scott Norris

Dr. Scott Norris is a former President's Scholar and graduated with a degree in mathematics from SMU in 2001 before earning a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2006. After a three-year postdoctoral position at Harvard University, Dr. Norris returned to join the faculty of the mathematics department in 2011, and became a PS faculty sponsor in 2016.

"I owe so much of my personal and professional development to my time at SMU in the mathematics department and President's Scholars community. It is an honor and a privilege to serve those communities as a faculty member so many years later."