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Core Curriculum Webinar: Overcoming Academic Perfectionism

When: Thursday - 9/8/2016
2:00-3:30 PM ET
Where: United States

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overcoming academic perfectionism

Facilitator: Anthony Ocampo, PhD
  • Do you struggle to share your writing at early stages because it’s not perfect?
  • Do you find yourself devastated by criticism of your work?
  • Do you beat yourself up every time the tiniest thing goes wrong?
  • Is it difficult for you to celebrate other people’s success because it reminds you of your own shortcomings?

If any of these things sound familiar, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re a perfectly normal perfectionist! The only problem is that the nature of the Academy is likely to exacerbate your perfectionist tendencies, as opposed to minimize them. In this webinar, perfectionists will unite to get clear about:

  • The causes and consequences of excessive perfectionism
  • The features of academic life that intensify perfectionism
  • Strategies to identify when your perfectionism is at work, assess whether it is useful or debilitating, and adjust your standards and behavior accordingly
  • The secret to finding real satisfaction in every step of the writing process

About the Facilitator

Dr. Anthony Ocampo is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Public Policy at University of California, Riverside. His research and teaching focuses on immigration, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality. Dr. Ocampo has published articles in the leading journals in immigration studies and has completed two books (with Stanford University Press and NYU Press)—all while teaching an average of three classes each quarter. He is currently working on his first academic trade book about the underdogs and comeback kids within higher education based on his experience teaching at a predominantly minority institution. Dr. Ocampo’s research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Haynes Foundation, the McNair Scholars Program, and the University of California Office of the President, and his publications have received several awards from the American Sociological Association.


Beyond academia, he spends most of his time doing Crossfit and binging on Netflix. Dr. Ocampo participated in the Faculty Success Program in his first quarter as a tenure-track faculty in 2011, and has coached junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows in various fields since 2013. One of his main passions as an FSP coach has been to help new faculty—particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds—creatively incorporate their unique knowledge and perspectives into their research, teaching, and mentoring.

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