ACPA Scholarly Journals & Publications

ACPA Books

Since the early 1960s, the Books and Media Board has nurtured the development and publication of original content by authors with broad appeal to an interdisciplinary audience of researchers, scholars, and practitioners in the field of student affairs as well as the broader context of higher education.  Publication themes ranged from history and systems, to theory, to practice applications.  

Today, we continue to support authors who wish to publish books in collaboration with ACPA. 

We welcome submissions of book proposals on topics related to, but not limited to the following: student growth and development, diversity in higher education, student access, success, and retention, mental health among college students, campus safety, and equity in higher education.

The criteria used to evaluate your proposal will include:

  • The topic’s contribution to the field

  • The author’s ability to present new and significant information and observations about the topic

Please note:

  • The contents must be derived from a solid knowledge base of theory, research, and/or practice

  • The proposed work should address as many dimensions of equity and diversity as is appropriate to the subject matter in a manner that reflects the best theory, research, or practice available to the profession regarding cultural concerns

  • Whether the focus is on current and emerging issues, or on historical perspectives, ACPA scholarly books must contribute to knowledge and action, and spell out the implications of findings or offer suggestions about what practitioners and faculty can do in relation to the topic.

Your proposal must include the following:

  1. Title of the manuscript

  2. Description, scope, content, and purpose of proposal

  3. Description of the target audience  

  4. Discuss the need for your proposed book and how it meets the need of your intended audience. Moreover, this section should describe the contribution your book may make to research and practice

  5. List competing and related works

  6. Discuss qualifications of authors as well as format and length of book

  7. Table of contents: Briefly describe each chapter and delineate its title

  8. Timetable: Give an estimate for completion of manuscript

For more information or to submit proposals, please contact the editor, Robert T. Palmer at [email protected]

ACPA Writes

Additionally, the ACPA Publications Board hosts a variety of workshops and professional development opportunities for ACPA members interested in further developing their scholarship through mentoring, feedback, writing strategies, and accountability.  The Writing Support Opportunities are coordinated by Dr. Leah Howell and include the following for Spring Semester 2018:

#WeWriteWednesdays – Each month, a dialogue series will be facilitated via Twitter to offer motivation, practical tips, inspiration, and conversation that lends itself to developing and advancing your writing. 

February: What is a practitioner-scholar?
March: Setting Yourself up for Success
April: Responding to Rejection
May: Writing a Book Prospectus

Setting Yourself up for Success (Virtual Camp – March 2018)

This interactive workshop will explore the essential steps in setting yourself up for a successful publication submission. Participants should have a completed project that they are seeking to submit for publication in the near future.

Themes for each week are outlined below:

Week One: Finding the Right Outlet (3/19)
Week Two: Preparing and Formatting Your Manuscript (3/26)
Week Three: Perfecting Your Abstract & Developing a Cover Letter (4/2)
Week Four: Taking the Leap: Peer Reviews and Reflections (4/9)

An introduction will be posted the each week, along with a resource folder and relevant guided exercise(s). The discussion board will be open to allow for participant interaction and participants will be expected to complete these exercises and post their work weekly, and will be augmented by a weekly live discussion, to foster additional engagement. Additional details and registration information will be available in early February.

Follow us on Twitter at @ACPA_Writes to learn more.

ACPA Publications Program Frequently Asked Questions

Ways to Order ACPA Books

Stylus Publishing. ACPA Members receive a 20% discount. Code: ACPA14. You may call 1.800.232.0223 or order online using the discount code.

Stylus Publishing. Receive a 20% discount. Code: ACPA14. You may call 1.800.232.0223.

ACPA Stylus Publications Virtual Catalog

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