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Professor Maria João Dodman, Academic Advisor


Dear Founders College Community,

I am delighted to be the Academic Advisor for Founders College!  The Academic Office enriches the college in a variety of ways.  For instance, we offer planning and support for academic and program events, social and cultural activities, tailored workshops, first year orientation and so much more.

The overall mission of the advisor and the advisor’s office is to contribute to the betterment of the student community in terms of both, academic and personal success. Thus, student advising is a crucial service that we provide on a regular basis. 

I would like to encourage all students to take advantage of our services and visit my office.  The university experience is an important and exciting stage of one’s life.  Yet, it can present its challenges, and sometimes we all need to reach out in order to develop the necessary tools for success. 

I look forward to meeting with students.  Make an appointment or simply stop by to say hello! 

I also believe that students, college fellows and all members of the Founders Community must engage in dialogue, discuss strategies, work together towards the enrichment of our already vibrant college.  Come share your ideas with me.


See you at Founders,

Maria João Dodman 


Founders College 219

416-736-2100, Ext.  20724


Personal Profile:

Professor Maria João Dodman is from the Azores, Portugal.  She immigrated to Canada in 1989.  She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and she teaches Portuguese Studies in the department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.  Professor Dodman’s main research is early modern Iberian literature and includes representations of beauty and ugliness.  She is particularly interested those that contradict and intersect with literary and social discourses, that focus on the representations of marginal and deviant characters and that challenge traditional constructions of gender, race and class.  Professor Dodman’s research and scholarship present versatile transatlantic perspectives by also considering travel literature that documents Portuguese new world encounters.  She has participated in several national and international conferences in a variety of capacities.  She has several creative and peer-reviewed publications.  She has also been involved on a variety of administrative service at the University as well as in the Portuguese community.  Professor Dodman teaches a wide variety of courses in the Portuguese Studies program. 

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