Who’s Who in the Dean’s Office

The dean serves as the primary adviser to Saybrook’s 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.

Assisting the dean is the senior administrative assistant, who handles much of the day-to-day business in the office, including registering students, accepting requests for changes to course schedules, clarifying academic regulations and procedures, and maintaining placement files. Like the dean, the senior AA is widely knowledgeable about Yale’s many resources and regularly directs students to them.

Dean Christine Muller

Dean Muller earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Psychology, as well as the Master of Arts degree in English, from Villanova University.  She earned the Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP).  As the Dean of Saybrook College, she serves as the chief academic adviser within the residential college, providing academic and other guidance for the approximately 500 undergraduates from all years and all areas of study within Yale College who call Saybrook home.

Dean Muller’s cultural studies research focuses on the first decades of the twenty-first century, particularly through the lens of post-September 11 cultural trauma and the era of the War on Terror.  Her work has considered how literature, film, television, and other forms of popular culture have been drawing mass audiences into pertinent ethical and practical questions about power, violence, and historical change. Publications include September 11, 2001 as a Cultural Trauma:  A Case Study through Popular Culture, forthcoming in early 2017 through Palgrave Macmillan.  She began teaching in the American Studies departments at UMCP and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  She now teaches in Yale’s Department of American Studies. Previously, she served for five years as the assistant director of Villanova’s Honors Program, filling the role of academic adviser for 450 exceptional students from throughout the university.

Having lived near the (South) Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., she’s always happy to talk about each area’s quirks and delights.  And if you really want to get her going, mention The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, or ask her what she’s watching now.

The Dean lives in Saybrook, on the third floor of entryway M. Her office is on the first floor of entryway I.

Cissy Armstrong

Cissy Armstrong, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean, manages the daily business in the dean’s office, overseeing registration, maintaining student records, and serving as a knowledgeable source for students who have questions about academic requirements. She is also the person to see if you would like to add or drop a course, request a double major form, apply for a tutor, ask questions about promotion or clearance for graduation, obtain a copy of your unofficial academic record, or make an appointment with the dean.

You can reach her by phone, at 203 432-0541, or by e-mail.

Cissy Armstrong