The Dean of the college serves as the primary adviser to its students, providing guidance on academic and personal matters, and serving as a referral to other resources throughout the university. As a resident of the college who participates in its extracurricular life, the Dean plays an important role in helping students plan their course of study within the broader context of their Yale career, and life after graduation. The Dean provides additional support by writing letters of recommendation, overseeing housing, supervising the work of the freshman counselors, and, in certain circumstances, postponing deadlines for student work.
The Timothy Dwight Dean’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM during the academic year. Dean’s Office phone number: 203-432-0754
Dean Sarah Mahurin, PhD, (GRD 2011) the Dean of Timothy Dwight College, is the first woman to hold this role. She previously served as a Visiting Professor of English and African American Studies at Wesleyan University. Originally from Kentucky, Dean Mahurin earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in English and American Literature and her doctorate from Yale’s English department.
While on faculty at Wesleyan, Dean Mahurin was awarded the Residential Life Award and the Edgar Beckham Campus Inspiration Award, for her commitment to co-curricular planning and for promoting a better campus climate, respectively.
At Yale, Dean Mahurin teaches courses in African American Studies and English. She is committed to the Yale Prison Education Initiative, through which she teaches in Connecticut’s correctional facilities.
Dean Mahurin and her husband, Matthew Mutter, Associate Professor of Literature at Bard College, live in Timothy Dwight College with their daughter, June, and their two dogs, Pig and Tim Riggins.
Anh Tiet is the Senior Administrative Assistant II to Dean Mahurin. He earned his B.A. majoring in political science from the University of Victoria (Canada) and has certifications in human resource management. Prior to joining Timothy Dwight College, he worked at the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience, working on grants and contracts. Before that, he worked at the Smilow Cancer Hospital – Yale New Haven Health within the Oncology Department.
Anh lives in New Haven with his partner, Monique Ulysses (PhD student, Yale Department of History), their daughter Layla and their lovable Frenchie Bruiser. When not working, he enjoys a long constitutional after a big meal, weightlifting, trying new food, BBQing, watching esports, and spending quality time with his family.
He is more than happy to answer any academic questions you may have and or provide nourishment via water, coffee and treats when visiting the Dean’s Office.