Recorded on: April 28, 2016 (60 minutes)
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Many colleges and universities train upper-level students to mentor peers in a variety of capacities including tutors, academic advisors, resident assistants, instructors/assistants, orientation leaders, and more. This model often proves valuable for both students and the institution, providing student mentors a rich leadership experience, student mentees a strong peer connection, and schools with excellent staff. It is a win-win situation for all and when you consider the cost savings for a college to employ peer mentors, you cannot ignore this productive model.
This webinar will explore the benefits and value of peer mentorship programs by providing insight into theory, research, and creative programmatic initiatives. Additionally, the challenges associated with peer mentorship will be discussed. Finally, participants will be encouraged to consider the possibilities for their own campuses.
Dr. Heath Boice-Pardee has worked as an administrator in higher education for over twenty years in a variety of administrative and teaching roles. Heath is currently the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Development and has served as Interim Senior Vice President for Student Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology. Additionally, he is an Instructor in the College of Applied Science and Technology at RIT and has developed the higher education administration Master’s degree concentration focusing on service leadership and innovation. This is a one of a kind program in the world. Additionally, Heath holds an appointment as an associate faculty member with the School for Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix and was chosen as one of three faculty members to serve on an academic program council to develop a PhD in higher education program.
During Heath’s career he has worked at both public and private institutions. Before assuming his role at RIT he was an Assistant Dean at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has published and presented internationally on topics including the globalization of student affairs, peer education, legal issues, and customer service leadership in higher education. In November 2014 Heath was an invited speaker at the NASPA Student Affairs Law and Policy conference in Denver, Colorado where he presented on, “Legal Considerations in Student Affairs Around the Globe,” and, “Managing Legal Compliance and Student Development in Student Affairs.” This spring, he was awarded a prestigious faculty research fellowship from the Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research at the University of Phoenix where he will be examining perspectives on providing “value” in higher education.
A self-professed lifelong learner; he received his Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University and received a Graduate Certificate in Service Leadership and Innovation from Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel and Counseling from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
When not working or teaching in higher education, Dr. Boice-Pardee writes mystery novels about the tribulations of a dean of students at a private college on the New Jersey shore. His fifth and most recent novel was published in November 2014 and his sixth novel titled, “Deceased on Celebration Avenue,” is due out later this year. Heath lives in the Rochester, NY area with his wife and two daughters.
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