Dean’s Office

The Dean is chief academic adviser to the approximately 420 undergraduates assigned to JE. Residing within the college, he assists students in all matters concerning their academic programs, applies and enforces the Academic and Undergraduate Regulations that govern student behavior, works in conjunction with the Registrar’s Office and the Yale College Dean’s Office, and supervises freshman advising. As needed, he refers students to resources, offices, or persons that can be of assistance to them, and actively collaborates with these sources of support and counseling. He writes letters of recommendation for fellowships or postgraduate-work or study. He also teaches one course a year, serves on a range of University committees, oversees student housing, and coordinates a variety of college activities. The Dean is also a great resource for a wide range of other matters and advises students on everything from personal crises to post-graduation plans. In cases of incapacitating illness or family emergency, the Dean has the authority to postpone deadlines for academic work or final exams.

Announcement from Dean Joseph C. Spooner


To Our Beloved JE Community,

I am honored and humbled to share with you that I have officially accepted the opportunity to serve as the 11th President of Ferrum College.  Nicole and I have been invited to join a community that commonly refers to itself as “the Ferrum Family,” and we are excited to embrace the challenges and opportunities of leading a century-old liberal arts institution committed to honoring its motto: “Not self, but others.”

We will leave JE at the end of July filled with cherished memories of the hundreds of JE students, fellows, staff, alums, friends of the college, and colleagues throughout the Yale community who have shared with us their trust, their wisdom, and their inspiration throughout our time in New Haven.  We feel so fortunate to have been supported by an extraordinary community and the incomparable Penny Laurans.  We sincerely hope to sustain those relationships and be helpful to you in any way that we can in the years ahead to ensure JE remains a vibrant and inclusive community. 

Nicole and I carry great optimism about life moving forward into a wonderful new opportunity that neither of us would have imagined possible even a year ago.  So many of life’s blessings and so much of our happiness are connected to Yale.  We thank you all for welcoming us so completely and making JE feel like a family, from the beginning and for always… 

JE Hugs,

Nicole and Jody

Assistant to the Dean

Jill Haines


Phone: 203.432.0377