VPA Office Staff
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Sharadin Arts Building, Rm. 210 | PO Box 730 | Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone: 610-683-4500 | Fax: 610-683-4547
Dr. Bradley Shope
Interim Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Bradley Shope, received his Ph. D. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2003. Dr. Shope's scholarly interests range from popular music in South Asia before the Indian Independence of 1947 to the history of 19th century staged performances in New York City. He was also a public-sector ethnomusicologist, conducting public programming and documentation projects with recent immigrant communities in Queens, NYC from 2001 to 2010. He has received numerous grants to conduct this work, including two National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grants.
He has published two books. His first work, More Than Bollywood: Studies in Indian Popular Music (co-edited with Gregory Booth) was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. His second book, American Popular Music in Britain's Raj, was published in 2016 by the Eastman Music Series of the University of Rochester Press.
His most recent articles have appeared in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, South Asian Popular Culture, the Encyclopedia of American Folklife, and the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. He has also published several book chapters in Oxford University Press publications, among others. He has most recently presented papers at the International Conference of the American Musicological Society, the International Conference of the Society for American Music, the International Society for Ethnomusicology Conference, the Conference on South Asia in Madison Wisconsin, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music United States Conference, and the Society for Ethnomusicology-Southern Plains Conference.
Dr. Shope has fifteen years of administrative experience in higher education. Prior to his appointment of Associate Dean in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University, he was the Chair of the Department of Music at Texas A & M Corpus Christi, a position he obtained after six years serving as the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) at the institution. As the Director of the CFE, he contributed to the national conversation on Teaching & Learning and faculty development in higher education. He has given invited talks at American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Excelencia in Education conferences, and he published an article in Diversity & Democracy on issues in inclusive excellence in faculty development. In 2014 he was an active participant in AAC&U’s Growing Knowledge project that sought to increase awareness of inclusivity in higher education.
Additionally, Dr. Shope served as the Vice-President and President of the Southern Plains Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, overseeing the yearly conference, administering scholarships, and liaising with the international organization.
Dr. Mary Eicholtz
Interim Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Affairs, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Mary Eicholtz, an Associate Professor, currently serves as chair of the Communication Studies Department. She has been at Kutztown University since 2009. She earned her PhD in Organizational Communication from Ohio University after 17 years in management in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She also holds an MA in Professional Communication from LaSalle University and was a student in the PaSSHE system with a BA from Edinboro University in Nutrition and a BS ED in Nutrition Education from IUP. She has also taught at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and Mount Union University in Ohio.
During her time at Kutztown University, Dr. Eicholtz has served as chair of the General Education Assessment Committee, was Revision Coordinator of the most current General Education program, chaired the Academic Standards and Policy Committee and served on the University Undergraduate Exceptions Committee. Additionally, she has served as a represented to UCC from the CVPA.
In her spare time, she enjoys doing counted cross-stitch, watching British TV, and reading. She lives with her 89-year-old mother and cat, Boo.
Dr. Peg Speirs
Interim Associate Dean for Student Success, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Peg Speirs, Ph.D., is a Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education at Kutztown University. Her research interests include feminist art, theory and pedagogy; issues-based art education; digital storytelling, and currently editing a video about women and tattoo.
Dr. Speirs co-edited the text, Contemporary Issues in Art Education, and co-authored articles and essays on teaching art for social justice, art and ritual, gender equity in arts education, a national study investigating curricular influences of new art teachers, and The Dinner Party Curriculum Project, an on-line resource for K-12 teachers. Dr. Speirs served as Interim Associate Dean in the College of Visual & Performing Arts for 4.5 years, the previous term ending in 2018. Dr. Speirs is an artist, curator, and co-developer of Random Oaks, a creative research community in Kensington, OH.