The Dean is the chief academic adviser to the 500 students assigned to Ezra Stiles College. Residing within the college, she helps 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, oversees the first-year counselors, and supervises first-year advising. The Dean is a great resource for a wide range of other matters and advises students on everything from personal crises to post-graduation plans. As needed, she refers students to resources, offices, or persons that can be of assistance to them. She teaches one course per year, writes letters of recommendation, serves on a range of University committees, and coordinates various college activities. In cases of incapacitating illness or family emergency, the Dean also has the authority to postpone deadlines for academic work or final exams. See more information at the bottom of this page for helpful resources and frequently requested services.
The Ezra Stiles Dean’s Office is located in Room 112 in Entryway C, just to the left after entering the front gate.
The Ezra Stiles Dean’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm during the academic year. To make an appointment to meet with the Dean, please call 203-432-0563.
Murphy Temple is a Mississippian by birth and a New Englander by education. After attending Phillips Academy Andover, she received a BA in history from Yale in 2012 and an MPhil in Modern European History from Cambridge in 2013, and a PhD in Modern British History from Stanford in 2020.
Before beginning her PhD, Dean Temple was a Teaching Fellow in History and Social Science at Phillips Academy, where she also served as a house counselor, novice crew coach, and admissions interviewer. At Stanford, she was a Graduate Teaching Consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning, an admissions reader for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, and the chair of PhD Pathways, Stanford’s annual career education conference for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars.
Dean Temple’s research interests focus on themes of war, memory, and commemoration, as well as the intersections of gender, technology, superstition, and belief. Her current research project investigates First World War-era British spiritualists, a population of mourners who attempted to talk to the dead through séances, Ouija boards, and other occult practices.
She has taught at the high school and undergraduate levels on a variety of subjects, including world history, Atlantic history, United States history, South African history, British history, and occultism and technology. She also has experience teaching design thinking at Stanford’s life design lab.
In her free time, Dean Temple enjoys podcasts (especially This American Life; Heavyweight; and My Brother, My Brother, and Me), powerlifting, knitting, ceramics, running, painting, fiction, and cooking. She loves dogs and looks forward to adopting one soon.
Dean Temple joined Ezra Stiles in March 2020.
To make an appointment to meet with Dean Temple, please contact her assistant, McKenzie Granata, in the Dean’s Office.
Dean’s Senior Administrative Assistant
McKenzie Granata is the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean. A lover of nature and animals (including the majestic moose), McKenzie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and can be found taking nature walks, climbing, studying tidal pools, crashing local farms to pet the animals, and annually raiding the lesser colleges. When not at Stiles McKenzie dabbles as a freelance researcher, copywriter, and editor. Please contact McKenzie if you have academic questions, need academic forms, need a notary public, need a bit of candy, or wish to make an appointment with the Dean. McKenzie is in room 111 in the College Office (Entryway C), and can be reached by phone at 203-432-0563 M-F 8:30–5:00.
Contact the Dean’s Office
Phone: (203) 432-0563
Fax: (203) 432-1999
Ezra Stiles College Dean’s Office
PO Box 208218
New Haven, CT 06520-8218
Ezra Stiles College Dean’s Office
302 York Street
New Haven, CT 06511