Morrison-McGinnis Faculty Affiliates

MoMac’s community includes several full-time SMU faculty who take part in all sorts of MoMac activities, from social functions to traditions to academic events. The Faculty Affiliates in MoMac all volunteered to join our community to interact with and get to know MoMac’s residents.


Dr. Darryl Dickson-Carr

Department:  English
About Me:  Darryl Dickson-Carr is a professor in the Department of English, where he has taught since 2006. Before arriving at SMU, he taught for over a decade at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. In his spare time, he likes to run; he’s run several marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks. He’s also a huge fan of jazz music and action films.
What I Do:

  • Teach courses in twentieth-century American literature, African American literature, and satire
  • Current work focuses upon the “New Negro” or Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930
  • Author of The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2005), which won an American Book Award in 2006, African American Satire: The Sacredly Profane Novel (University of Missouri Press, 2001), and Spoofing the Modern: The Role of Satire in the Harlem Renaissance (University of South Carolina Press, 2015).

I’m Excited About:  Helping MoMac residents learn how to get the best and most enjoyable educational experience from SMU. College and university life is full of tips and techniques that far too many students do not learn until later in their careers. I want to help anyone interested to hit the ground running.

DR. Joe Kobylka

Department:  Political Science

Fun Facts:

  • I collect bobbleheads and figurines of Supreme Court Justices
  • I’ve been at SMU long enough to have had one son graduate from Dedman College (then off to Teach for America for four years, NYU law, and now an employed lawyer) and another from Lyle (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with three Dedman minors, now working for “Trinity Industries” – an engineer working for a train company)
  • I’ve run on over 3800 consecutive days.
  • I was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for a garage band called “The Banana Blues Band.”
  • I have two skills: I’m tall and can talk for long periods of time without taking a break.

What I Do:

  • Teach American Government, Judicial Politics, Constitutional Law, and American Political Thought
  • Currently finishing a book on former Justice Harry A. Blackmun
  • Have taken 12 students to professional conferences to present their research

I’m Excited About:  Being part of this new experiment and seeing what happens.

SCOTT Norris

Department:  Mathematics

About Me:

  • A President’s Scholar at SMU from 1997-2001; graduate student at Northwestern from 2001-2006; postdoc at Harvard from 2007-2010; faculty at SMU from 2010-present.
  • Husband (my wife is a physician in Dallas), and father (two girls, ages 2 and 7).
  • Hobbies have included linux, photography, viola, hiking, and triathlon.

What I Do:  My research is on the application of differential equations to problems in physics and materials science, and in particular the evolution of thin solid films. Although this sounds complicated, the basic skills required are already present in undergraduate classes — I have to take a real-world problem and obtain a set of equations describing it (called “story problems” by students and “modeling” by professionals), inform those equations using computer simulations of collections of atoms (called Molecular Dynamics), and then find ways to exploit the thin nature of the film (essentially, glorified Taylor Series). This research combines thinking about practical problems, solving mathematical puzzles, and performing numerical simulations — the three cornerstones of modern applied science.

I’m Excited About:  One of the best parts of being a college professor is interacting with curious students, and the FA program makes it easy to do so. It also supports the Faculty-in-Residence program, which I think is a fantastic new direction for student interaction with faculty at SMU. Plus, free trips to Umphrey Lee!