Academic Development Specialists (ADS)

Our academic development specialists provide advising sessions on personalized academic planning and learning support to help you achieve your academic goals.


Taylor Family Digital Library, 3rd Floor

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

General Inquiries & Appointments:
403.220.5881, option 2

Get assistance with

Academic Improvement Planning

  • Determining your academic strengths and interests
  • Addressing academic challenges and concerns
  • Accessing other campus support programs and services

Learning Support and Study Skills Development

  • Setting goals and optimizing time management
  • Improving academic reading and note taking
  • Learning strategies for test and exam preparation
  • Accessing other university learning-support programs

Support with Long-term Academic Planning

Guidance in exploring graduate programs
Improving scholarship and award applications
Connecting high-achieving students to the Scholar's Academy and the First Year Scholar Program
Assisting students with academic decision-making

Meet your Academic Development Specialists

As Academic Development Specialists, we are well acquainted with the commitments and challenges of university life, and we are passionate about helping students develop strategies that will lead to academic success.  We look forward to meeting you!

Jessica holds a doctorate in Educational Studies from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Comparative and International Education. As Junior Dean of Pembroke College, Oxford, she supported undergraduate and graduate students in both their academic and personal ventures. Jessica brings that wisdom and experience gained overseas to her role at the SSC, where she works with students considering graduate or professional school and those seeking scholarship and award opportunities. Jessica thrives on helping students navigate through the bewildering maze of post-undergraduate options. Beyond the university’s walls, she enjoys cooking, baking, and (slow) distance running.

Kaliopi joined the Student Success Centre from British Columbia where, as an academic advisor at UBC Okanagan, she developed her passion for supporting students along their academic journey. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in International Business and a minor in Economics from the University of Northern British Columbia, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Simon Fraser University, specializing in Post-Secondary Student Affairs. Kaliopi strives to help students meet their academic goals and have a rewarding university experience. She especially enjoys working with students who are academically at-risk, and finds great satisfaction in helping them discover their path to success. A keen athlete, Kaliopi’s extracurricular interests include soccer and crafts.

Paul has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia, and has taught ENGL 201 and Academic Writing 203 at the University of Calgary. When he’s not helping students achieve their academic goals, Paul is an amateur science geek with interests in astronomy, physics, and paleontology. He is also an avid runner and softball player when parts of his body aren’t aching too badly and he can find the time.

In her role as Academic Development Specialist for International Students, Jennifer works with undergraduate and graduate International students from all faculties, providing individualized academic support as well as group workshops on topics of general interest to international students. Jennifer is also the coordinator of RWRD (Read, Write, Review, Develop), a structured language-building program for students with English as an additional language. She holds a BA (Honours) in English and Religious Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Calgary. She joined the Student Success Centre after thirteen years as an instructor, first in English at Bow Valley College and then in Religious Studies at Mount Royal University. She has also been a lecturer for the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge, and is a professional academic editor.