The Power Of Peer Mentorship: Benefits, Challenges & Student Success

On-Demand Training

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.

  • Receive an overview of peer mentorship theory
  • Review, in-depth, a synopsis of research conducted by the presenter
  • Gain an understanding of the peer mentor experience, its benefits and challenges
  • Learn how to best support and supervise peer mentors
  • Discover the creative, and often cost-saving, employment of peer mentors
  • 2 & 4-year institutions
  • Deans
  • Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Student Services/Affairs
  • Program Directors
  • Advisors and Counselors
  • Faculty
  • Student Success and Retention Specialists
  • Educators who currently supervise peer mentors, and those considering this valuable option

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. 

What is a live webinar?

A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.

What is an on-demand webinar and how do I get access?

An on-demand training is a previously recorded webinar available online for faculty and staff to access anytime, anywhere. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time. You typically receive a link to the recording and handouts within 24 hours of registration.

How long are the webinars?

Webinars can be 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Please check the webinar page for the exact timeframe.

How do I register?

You can register online by adding the product to your shopping cart. You can also register by fax, email (, or mail by completing the paper-based registration form. The paper-based registration form is unique to each webinar and is available on each product page.

How do I request accommodations?

For captioning, please contact us 7 days in advance. 303.955.0415 or

When do I register?

You can register at any time, even the morning of the live event. If the live event has occurred, you can purchase the on-demand training (recording) of the session. You can register for on-demand trainings at any time.

What is the process for attending a live event?

The process is as follows:

  • We email participants login instructions approximately 1 week prior to the live event.
  • We email participants a link to the PowerPoint (.pdf) and any additional handouts approximately 1-2 days prior to the live event. Participants can make copies for attendees if desired.
  • We give a courtesy reminder call the day before the live event.
  • On the day of the live event, participants can login 30 minutes prior to the start time. Once logged in, participants can see the PowerPoint slides, ask questions, and make comments via the chat feature.
  • We email participants a link to the recording the Monday following the live event.
Is there a recording available? And how long is the recording good for?

Approximately one week after the conclusion of the live webinar, participants will receive a link to the recording which can be forwarded to all faculty and staff for viewing anytime, anywhere. The recording is a campus access license and is available for one year from the date of the live event.

What are the technical requirements?

Innovative Educators uses WebEx as its web conferencing provider. If you have not previously attended a WebEx event, please Join a Test Meeting to make sure your computer is compatible with WebEx. Be sure to complete this test prior to the live event. System Requirements - Webex System Requirements

What equipment is required?

For individual or small group viewing, a computer with a reliable Internet connection and audio capabilities are all that’s needed. For large group presentations, we recommend a computer with a reliable Internet connection and speakers, as well as an LCD projector. Participants can call in via phone if they are having trouble retrieving the audio over the computer. Please be sure to reserve a meeting room prior to the live event that can accommodate these requirements as well as your attendees. You should reserve the room 30 minutes prior to the webinar start time and you may want to allow at least 15-30 minutes after the webinar for discussion.

How much does a live webinar or on-demand training cost?

1 Training (Live Webinar or On-Demand Training) - $425 Unlimited connections, campus-wide access license to the recording for one year.

Package Pricing

  • 2 Trainings - $645 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 3 Trainings - $900 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
  • 6 Trainings - $1500 Unlimited connections, recording for one year (campus-wide access)
What type of payment do you accept?

You may pay with a credit card (MasterCard or Visa), PO, check, or electronic transfer of funds. You can email us (, call 303-955-0415 or fax 1.866.508.0860.

Where do I send payment?

Please mail checks and POs to our mailing address:
Innovative Educators
3277 Carbon Place
Boulder, CO 80301

What is your cancellation policy?

Below is a breakdown of our cancellation policy.

  • 30 days prior: Full refund
  • 14 days prior: $100 processing fee
  • Fewer than 14 days: Credit toward another IE event. Please note that registration for the live webinar includes access to the recording which you can share, as it is a campus access license. We email the recording the Monday following the live event. For questions, please email us or call 303.955.0415.
What are the benefits of online training?

Cost-Effective: No travel required. Online Training is an innovative way to provide your entire faculty and staff with a variety of professional development opportunities for one low price! The more you train the more you save, as the registration fee is per institution, not per person.

Easy: You will receive a detailed list of instructions via email. If you run into any problems, we're always here to help.

Practical: Our training sessions focus on the most critical and relevant issues facing educators today. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the information, training, and skills necessary to immediately implement positive change at their institutions.

Top-Notch Presenters: Our presenters are subject matter experts and recognized in their field.

Value Added: When you purchase an online training, you also receive a campus-wide access license to the recording for one year. Faculty and staff can access it as often as they like from any location.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our online training is 100% guaranteed. If you are not satisfied, we will give you a credit for a future webinar or on-demand training of your choice (of equal or lesser value).

How can we use these trainings?

Flexible Training:

  • Live: Promote and attend a live webinar and debrief immediately following.
  • Hybrid: Distribute the recording to all faculty and staff at the beginning of each month and plan a discussion session at the end of the month to determine how you will implement the strategies presented.
  • On-Demand: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

In-Service Training: Plan an in-service around a live webinar or schedule a day and time to show the recording in a lecture hall or large conference room and invite faculty and staff to brainstorm and discuss implications for your institution.

Online Faculty and Staff Learning Communities: Distribute the recording to faculty and staff so they can watch anytime, anywhere.

Staff Recognition: Develop a program around the webinar with monthly themes and recognize the staff members that implement the best idea related to the theme.

Team-Building: Utilize these trainings to develop cross-functional and cross-discipline teams to foster collegiality.

New Employee Training: Include the online training as part of your new employee training program to ensure consistency.

Implementation and Follow-Up: Use the guide and evaluation materials provided by Innovative Educators to plan, implement, and track your progress.