New England

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., Thomas Aquinas College, 1981; M.A., philosophy, Université Laval (Quebec), 1982; Ph.D., philosophy, Université Laval, 1987; Instructor in Humanities, Champlain Regional College (Quebec), 1983–86; Tutor, St. John’s College (Santa Fe), 1986–89, leave of absence, 1987–89; Tutor, Graduate Institute of Liberal Education, St. John’s College (Santa Fe), Summer, 1988, Visiting Tutor, Summer, 1989; Dean, Thomas Aquinas College, 1996–2003; Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College, 1987–.



Few people know Thomas Aquinas College as extensively as does Glen Coughlin. He is a member of one of its first graduating classes (1981), and he has served on its teaching faculty since 1987. He was the College’s dean from 1996 to 2003, and he is also TAC parent.

“As a tutor and dean I have seen how important it is that the school remain faithful to its character, both the Catholic character, of course, but also the discipleship to St. Thomas and Aristotle,” he says. “And as a parent I have seen more clearly how good the school is.” He also has gained a greater appreciation for the College’s generous financial aid program and the sacrifices families make to afford a Catholic liberal education for their children.

Dr. Coughlin earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy at Université Laval in Quebec, after which he taught briefly at Champlain Regional College in Quebec and St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., before returning to the College as a tutor. In 2006, St. Augustine’s Press published his widely praised translation of Aristotle’s Physics, which has become the standard among students at Thomas Aquinas College and elsewhere.





  • Physics or Natural Hearing, Aristotle (St. Augustine Press, South Bend, IN, 2005; translation and notes)
  • De Anima or On the Soul, Aristotle (St. Augustine Press, South Bend, IN, forthcoming; translation and notes) 


  • The Immobility of Place in Aristotle,” Philosophia Perennis (Vol. 1, No. 2, 1994)
  • “Some Considerations on Aristotelian Place and Newtonian Space,” The Aquinas Review (Vol. 1, No. 1, 1994)
  • “History and Liberal Education,” The Aquinas Review (Vol. 5, No. 1, 1998)
  • “A Note on Naming God,” The Aquinas Review (Vol. 14, 2007)
  • “The Existence and Nature of Time,” The Aquinas Review(Vol. 16, 2009) 


Lectures & Talks