Dean’s Office

Dean’s Office Phone:
Phone: (203) 432-0722

Residential College Dean, Trumbull College:
Senior Administrative Assistant II, Trumbull College
Dean’s Office:

Mailing Address:
Trumbull College Dean’s Office
P.O. Box 208219
New Haven, CT 06520-8219
Campus Address:
Trumbull College Dean’s Office
241 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Who’s who

The Residential College 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, supervising the work of the First-Year Counselors, and, in certain circumstances, postponing deadlines for student work.

Assisting the Dean is the Senior Administrative Assistant II, Trumbull College Dean’s Office, 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 the many resources at Yale and regularly directs students to them.

The First-Year Counselors, all of them Trumbull seniors, play a special role in the college. Together with the Dean, they counsel and advise first-year students, living with them on the Old Campus and providing them with academic and personal counseling during the first year. In addition to bringing an important peer perspective to their roles, the First-Year Counselors receive special training in helping students adapt to college life.

Residential College Dean, Trumbull College

Dean Surjit K. Chandhoke is the Dean of Trumbull College and a faculty member in the Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology department. She received her Bachelor of Science in Cellular Biochemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. Her enjoyment of research and teaching led her to pursue her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. Her dissertation research focused on leukocyte integrins, molecules that are important for cell attachment and adhesion. Her love of microscopy and the cytoskeleton led her to Prof. Mark Mooseker’s laboratory in the Yale MCDB department in 2007, where she pursued postdoctoral research on a myosin motor protein (Myo9b) implicated in inflammatory bowel disease. From 2012-2016, she served as a course coordinator for the foundational Biology (BIOL) modules here at Yale.

Dean Chandhoke lives in Trumbull College with her husband, Gurbakhshash Singh, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Central Connecticut State University, and their son, Sahej Singh, our youngest Trumbullian!

To schedule an appointment with Dean Chandhoke or to learn about her OPEN Zoom hours, please refer to our weekly Dean’s Notes for guidance and information. You may also contact her Senior Administrative Assistant II, Alice Kustenbauder, in the Trumbull College Dean’s Office.

Senior Administrative Assistant II, Trumbull College Dean’s Office

Alice Kustenbauder ( is the  Senior Administrative Assistant II, Trumbull College Dean’s Office.  She comes to Trumbull College with almost twenty years of Yale experience, including 10 years in academic support. Most recently Alice served as the World Fellows Coordinator at the Jackson School of Global Affairs. Alice enjoys making systems and spaces work for the people who use them. She loves her son, walks around town, ocean waves, good books, great friends, and slow mornings.