Outstanding Book Award

The Association for the Study of Higher Education invites nominations for the Outstanding Book Award. This award recognizes a book that has significantly contributed to the study and scholarship of higher education. Books published with a 2019 or 2020 copyright date will be considered for this inaugural nomination process. Books may have been published globally, but for the purposes of consideration must be available in English. 

2020 Outstanding Book Award

Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: Early Non-Heterosexual Student Organizing at Midwestern Universities, by Patrick Dilley, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: Early Non-Heterosexual Student Organizing at Midwestern Universities outlines the beginning of student organizing around issues of sexual orientation at Midwestern universities from 1969 to the early 1990s.Besides chronicling the movement for gay liberation on 16 midwestern college campuses, Dilley also documents and describes a unique history of student activism and student organizations. This book has and will continue to help people in higher education remember and recognize that the struggle and the resistance have been on-going.

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 award will open in May 2021
Criteria for judging the merits of each book includes: the significance and timeliness of higher education issue(s) addressed, integrity and quality of the research, scholarship, and/or literature review, and impact and contribution of the book to the advancement of knowledge about an area of higher education. Books may be single-authored or co-authored. Please, no edited collections. 

To be considered for this award, submit the following: 
1. A submission abstract (no more than 300 words) that provides a full citation of the book and a rationale on how the book contributes to the field of higher education. 
2. A table of contents from the book. 
3. One representative chapter from the book that best exemplifies the contribution/impact of the book.

For books selected as finalists, the Book Award Committee will contact publishers for review copies. 

Nominations may be submitted by the author of the work, another scholar, or by the publisher of the work


2019: White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Identity, and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education, by Nolan L. Cabrera
2018: Heather Rowan-Kenyon, Ana M. Martinez Aleman, and Mandy Savitz-Romer