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 and Award

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.

A 2016 Olympian, Pan American Champion and Commonwealth Games medalist in wrestling, Jasmine is no stranger to the demands of high-performance. She brings her determination and passion to her role as Coordinator of Scholars Programs, where she oversees First-Year Scholars and the Scholars Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science in Psychology. She sits on the Board of Directors for Wrestling Canada, the national governing body for Olympic wrestling and chairs the organization’s athletes’ council. Jasmine is a keen researcher, having published several journal articles in the area of visual perception. Recently retired from sport, Jasmine enjoys channeling her energy into helping students reach their long term goals. Any UCalgary student who needs guidance navigating the world of scholarships, graduate or professional school can book an appointment with Jasmine.

Carina Huggins is a graduate of the University of Calgary with two BAs and a Masters’ Degree in Military and Strategic Studies. She is an Associate Certified Executive Coach with the International Coach Federation, and brings high-level coaching skills to her work with students. Her mission is to elevate the University experience for all students and help them access their unlimited potential. With more than 3000 hours experience in developmental advising and coaching, Carina works with students to define and cultivate their academic success. She blends positive psychology with a strengths-based approach, and works with students to cultivate growth mindsets, enhance their academic skills and re-pattern habits. 

Carina is a Myers-Briggs® Step II™ Certified Practitioner, STRONG Interest Inventory Practitioner, and Gallup Strengths-Based Educator.   

Carina holds specialist knowledge in high-performance athletes at the varsity, national, professional and olympic levels, helping them optimize their academic performance and realize their potential as high-performance students and high-performance athletes.  She is a contact for Canadian Sport Institute athletes at the University of Calgary, part of the Game Plan. Outside of work, Carina enjoys trail running, craft beers, coffee (she owns a coffee roasting company with her husband) and blogging. A self-confessed “life hacker” Carina is obsessed with podcasts in the self-development, health and lifestyle design realms.  

Destiny is a professional work-in-progress. She holds a BA in Sociology focusing on natural disaster recovery and an M.Ed in Post-Secondary Studies. She caught the student experience bug through her volunteer work as a Peer Health Educator and a New Student Orientation Leader and has been working in post-secondary education ever since!

Destiny is passionate about the full human experience and enjoys helping students tap into their resiliency during difficult times. When she is not working on the Academic Turnaround Program, you can find her figure skating, absorbing inane trivia, and trying her hand as an amateur goldsmith.

Any UCalgary student who needs guidance with time management, study strategies or exam preparation can book an appointment with Destiny.

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.