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Academic Development Specialist (ADS)

Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:05pm

The Student Success Centre and the Haskayne School of Business are now offering academic advising through the Academic Development Specialist (ADS), aimed at fostering a culture of success that enables you to realize your full potential.

When should you contact the Haskayne ADS?

  • When you are seeking to become a better learner, regardless of current academic standing
  • When you are enrolled in the Academic Turnaround Program
  • When you are unsatisfied with your academic performances

The Haskayne ADS can assist you in the following ways:

  • Developing meaningful educational goals and academic plans to support your goals
  • Provide liaising and referral between you and various UCalgary offices (support programs and services)
  • Design and implement targeted “intrusive” advising programs to support your success (addressing academic concerns)
  • Formulating and developing your academic skills (time management, reading and note taking, exam preparation, study skills, etc.)
  • Guide you to successful degree completion

The ADS can help you navigate university life, while developing the learning and self-management strategies crucial for having a successful and fulfilling post-secondary experience.

Meet the Haskayne ADS

Naor Cohen Naor Cohen has been at the University of Calgary for eight years. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communication and a Master degree in Political Psychology from Haifa University in Israel where he studied terrorism and national resilience. He got his doctorate degree from the University of Calgary in Communication Studies specializing in politics, fiction and communicative theory.

Naor has over 15 years of experience working in the field of informal and formal education, and he joined Haskyane School of Business after seven years in Student Accessibility Services at the University of Calgary. He is passionate about teaching and learning and strives to help students discover their path to success.

In his free time Naor enjoys practicing Wing Chun Kung Fu, and cultivating and playing his guitars’ collection. If you’re wondering his name is pronounced na-OR, although he will cheerfully answer to ‘Nor’, ‘Nay-or’, ‘Nower’, or just about anything else.

Contact Haskayne ADS
Monday to Friday
Scurfield Hall – Room 359
Phone: 403.220.5527


Program Advising

While the ADS can provide you with tailored sessions on academic planning and learning, the Haskayne Program Advisors can provide you with:

  • Graduation and degree requirements
  • Program selection and change of program
  • Admission and registration
  • Course selection and prerequisites
  • GPA and academic standing
  • Degree Navigator
  • Transfer credits and courses
  • Academic appeals and academic standing

Contact Haskayne Program Advisors
Monday to Friday - (Office is closed Wednesday mornings and weekends)
9:30am-12:00pm & 1:30pm-4:00pm
Scurfield Hall – Room 351

403.220.6593 (press ‘4’ to speak with an advisor) or email us at:

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