The Second Book Institute provides support for tenured associate professors who are completing a second monograph in preparation for their promotion to the rank of full professor. Whereas a range of first book institutes currently exist to assist assistant professors complete their first books, similar professional support for associate professors developing their second monographs remains scarce. The Second Book Institute fills this gap by providing associate professors with a range of resources that are designed to help them progress through the book writing process. The goal of the institute is to identify associate professors writing a second monograph and shepherd them through the book writing process by providing unique access to editors and manuscript reviewers. Although participation in the Second Book Institute does not guarantee a book contract, the professional services and mentorship it provides position participants to produce a rigorously vetted and polished manuscript that will assist in achieving this goal. The generosity of the Dean of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences makes this initiative possible. 

Participants can be accepted into the Second Book Institute by directly submitting a book proposal and curriculum vita to the Book Institute’s Director, or by referral from the acquiring editor at one of the University Presses with which the Institute collaborates. Currently, those presses are the University of Illinois Press (Dawn Durante) and Rutgers University Press (Nicole Solano). In their proposals submitted directly to the Press, authors may indicate their interest in the Second Book Institute, or the editors may suggest to the authors they are recommending them for the Institute. Participants do not need to submit their proposal to an editor prior to participating in the Institute. The initial cohort will consist of 10-12 participants. 

The Second Book Institute Provides: 

  • a discussion of second book writing and its particular challenges and opportunities led by acquisition editors from at least two university presses. Editors who are not currently collaborators may also attend. 
  • a panel of full professors and experienced authors to discuss the challenges and opportunities of writing a second book. 
  • a panel of full professors and administrators to discuss, in general, research benchmarks for promotion to professor. 
  • opportunities for participants to meet with individual editors to discuss their book proposals. 
  • manuscript review meetings between institute participants and the faculty members who reviewed their manuscript (these meetings provide the author the opportunity to obtain 

answers to questions that cannot always be gleaned from the written reports they receive, and to get a rigorous review of an almost complete manuscript prior to submitting it to the press). 

  • opportunities to network with other faculty members. 
  • transportation costs to and from institute, and meals and lodging during the institute. Transportation costs to the airport/train station, from the airport/train station to the university, meals not included during the Institute, and all other incidentals will be the responsibility of the participant. 

To participate in the Institute, a faculty member must

  • hold the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, or have demonstrated interest in pursuing publication for tenure and promotion. 
  • have written one monograph. 
  • be writing a second monograph, which is required for promotion to the rank of professor. 
  • meet have made substantial progress on the book manuscript. In general, we are looking for participants who will have made substantial progress on the second book, normally around 70% of a first draft to submit to Book Institute (not necessarily the press) for the manuscript review that will take place during the Summer 2020 institute. 
  • be available to participate in person at the Summer 2020 Institute to be held at Georgetown University from June 15-17, 2020. 
  • recognize Institute and Dean of Georgetown College in acknowledgments, and provide Institute with a copy of published book. 
  • Must complete an evaluation of institute. 

For consideration, applicants should submit

  • a full book proposal, following the requirements that either Rutgers University Press or the University of Illinois Press requires. 
  • a current curriculum vita. 
  • a sample book chapter. 
  • a brief statement (approximately 250 words) outlining how the Institute will assist you in obtaining your career goals, and your expected timeline for submission of application for promotion. 

Please submit a completed application to no later than December 1, 2019. If you have any questions, you may also submit them to this email address. 

Important Dates

September 2019: Announce the launch of the Institute and begin accepting applications. 

November 7-10: Robert Patterson, the Institute’s Founding Director, can meet with prospective participants during the American Studies Association’s Conference. 

December 1: Final date for submission of applications. 

January 15: Notification of acceptance. 

February 15: Participants submit at least 70% of manuscript to Institute. 

May 1: All travel logistics confirmed. 

June 1: Release of Final Schedule for Institute.