Interdisciplinary Salon


The Brooks College Interdisciplinary Salon exists to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and inquiry within Brooks College and across Grand Valley State University on issues of academic and social importance.


The Brooks College Interdisciplinary Salon will be recognized across the University for facilitating substantive interdisciplinary dialogue and innovative interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and scholarly and creative activity.

General Use:

Lake Ontario Hall Room 163 may be reserved for use by any Brooks College program, faculty, staff, or student group Monday through Friday, except between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. when the room functions as a computer lab. LOH 163 may be reserved for class use as well as for other functions. Reservations can be made by contacting the Brooks College Dean’s office at 616-331-8655 or

Funded Interdisciplinary Activities:

Funding for special events or activities that serve the mission and vision of the Interdisciplinary Salon is available through the Brooks College Interdisciplinary Salon Fund. Examples include guest speakers, workshops, discussion/reading groups, teaching or research symposia, collaborative projects, and so forth.

Instructions for Funding Requests for the Brooks College Interdisciplinary Salon:


  1. Submit a formal application and completed budget template
  2. Sponsorship by a Brooks College program
  3. Organized by a team of at least three individuals who represent a minimum of two programs Team members may include faculty, staff, and students.
  4. Sign-off by the sponsoring program director or unit head
  5. A proposed itemized budget.
  6. Cost-sharing by the sponsoring program(s) of a minimum of 25% of the total budget
  7. The application must include a description of the proposed activity and its purpose and intended outcomes, how the activity promotes interdisciplinary engagement, expected participants, and a marketing plan.
  8. Submit a brief report about the value and outcomes of the event or activity within 30 days of its completion

Selection Criteria:

  1. Scope of interdisciplinary interest in the proposed event or activity
  2. Significance of the outcomes and impact relative to the mission and vision of the Interdisciplinary Salon and strategic goals of the University and Brooks College
  3. Cost-effectiveness
  4. Likelihood of achieving the projected outcomes
  5. General quality of the proposal


Limited funding will be available each semester to support events in the Salon.

Application Deadlines:

Applications should be sent the Brooks College Dean's Office at 224 Lake Ontario Hall or

  • Winter 2020: Applications are due October 15, 2019.

Review of Applications:

Review and evaluation of applications will be conducted by an Interdisciplinary Salon Advisory Committee made up of Brooks College faculty and staff with the Associate Dean serving ex officio. The committee is advisory to the Dean of Brooks College. The presumption is that the Dean will approve and implement the recommendations of the Committee.

The Interdisciplinary Salon Proposal Review Committee members are:

  • Coeli Fitzpatrick, HNR
  • Santos Ramos, IRIS
  • Kelly Parker, ENS
  • Karen Gipson (ex-officio), Dean's Office

Apply for Funding:

Submit a Funding Request