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. Michelle Kiec
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Michelle Kiec, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University, balances a career as a clarinetist and administrator. She has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Opera Lancaster, Aspen Music Festival, and Breckenridge Music Festival. Dr. Kiec is a frequent conference presenter in the areas of curriculum development, enrollment management, program building, student success, and assessment. She earned master's and doctoral degrees in clarinet performance at Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University. She holds bachelor's degrees in saxophone performance and German from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Bradley Shope
Associate 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.