Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., is dean of the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University. He is also Vice President for Franciscan Mission and member of the President’s Cabinet.
From 1991-1996, Br. Ed served as dean and director of the Franciscan Institute and the School of Franciscan Studies. He began teaching as an adjunct in the MA program in 1985 and has taught regularly during the summer sessions. Since his return to the University as Vice President for Franciscan Mission in 2005, he also taught courses during the academic year.
In addition to his role as professor of Franciscan Studies, Br. Ed is a member of the Provincial Council of the Holy Name Province of the Friars. This province has given exceptional leadership to support Franciscan educational ventures. He is a leader in the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, a project of the English-Speaking Conference of the Friars Minor. He has lectured at and collaborated with a number of faculty at Franciscan-sponsored colleges and universities.
In November 2010, he presented a one-week program at the Franciscan College of Rome (The Antonianum) for English-speaking students from many nations. He is the editor of “Works of St. Bonaventure X: Writings on the Spiritual Life” (Franciscan Institute 2006). His work in the field of education/formation for those seeking permanent membership in religious orders is equally well-known.