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
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 seventeen years of administrative experience in higher education. Prior to his appointment of 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. AMY PFEILER-WUNDER
Interim Associate Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, serves as the interim associate dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kutztown University. She is entering her 15th year at Kutztown University, where she served as two years as department chair in the Department of Art Education. She has also served as the master’s in art education coordinator and teaches courses in the undergraduate, graduate programs in art education and doctoral courses in transformational teaching and learning. She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: Art from the University of Iowa and has over 20 years of experience in art education settings. As an educator/researcher/artist, she explores the value of theory to practice in K-12 research spaces. Her current publications are focused on criticality in art education, teacher positionality, understanding Whiteness in shaping curriculum, and considerations for pre-service reflections on teacher positionality and civic engagement. Additionally, she often collaborates with an Earth Scientist to explore transdisciplinary study through the cross-pollination of Art and Science. Her research was recognized at Kutztown University through the Chambliss Faculty Award in 2019. Her continued studies were awarded a grant in 2019 by the National Art Education Foundation titled: Socially Engaged Pedagogy: The Impact of Teacher Identity on Views of the Learner and Curriculum Development.
She is active in the National Art Education Association (NAEA), currently serving as the chair of the NAEA Research Commission. She previously served as the Higher Education Division Director on the NAEA board and the Higher Education Representative on the Research Commission from 2016-Spring 2020. In addition, she served on the task force for focused on fostering leadership growth within the NAEA organization. In 2022, she was accepted to the School for Art Leaders Professional Learning Workshop at the Crystal Bridges American Art Museum through the National Art Education Organization. She also served as the NAEA Student Chapter National Liaison working with the NAEA board and student leaders to establish a pre-service board position.
At Kutztown University, she has served on numerous committees such Graduate Council (Chair), Faculty Senate Representative (At-Large and Department), the Provost Advisory Committee, and the University Promotion Committee. In addition, she has been active on the Commission on Human Diversity for numerous years, both as chair and co-chairing the annual conference and establishing an award to recognize student leaders committed to social action on campus. She received the PAEA Outstanding Higher Educator Award in 2017 and the Sharadin Visual and Performing Arts College Award for Service to the College in 2015. She was also recognized for teaching in K-6 settings in Iowa and as the Western Region Outstanding Elementary Art Educator, NAEA, in 2007.