Guidelines for Brief Proposal

Authors/editors should submit a brief proposal for feedback from the Series Editors before developing a full proposal. The two- to four-page brief proposal should include:

  • the book concept,
  • its potential contribution to practice and literature,
  • its appropriateness for the Center for Engaged Learning Open Access Book Series,
  • an indication of the anticipated format (e.g., authored book or edited collection, estimated number of chapters, and organizational structure),
  • brief information about the relevant qualifications of the authors/editors, and
  • a preliminary plan to promote the book at conferences, etc.

Series Audience

Authors/editors should “translate” their research/theories for broad audiences in higher education, including faculty, staff, faculty developers, students, administrators, and policy makers. Therefore, authors/editors should speak to the scholarship’s implications for higher education, including effective practices for teaching, curriculum design, and/or educational policies.

Expectations for Promoting Series Books

The Series Editors will collaborate with authors/editors to promote each book on the Center for Engaged Learning’s website, through social media, and by targeting conference sessions near publication dates.

Because supplemental resources boost book promotions, proposals for books in this series should include a preliminary list of supplemental resources (e.g., discussion questions for reading groups, videos and other multimedia resources related to the book topics, sample research materials that might otherwise appear in an appendix, etc.) that could be hosted with the book on the Center for Engaged Learning’s website (pending final review by the Center). Submitted manuscripts must include these supplemental materials. The Series Editors will share strategies for developing and curating these materials.


Please direct questions to Managing Editor,

A note about our review process: Both series editors and the managing editor review proposals and provide feedback on manuscripts under contract. We also invite feedback from members of the editorial board at strategic points in the process. When an editor or board member is directly involved with a proposed project, though, they do not participate in the review process.