BA, St. Francis College
MA, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Having joined the College staff in 1991, before teaching in the English Department, Bro. Edward Wesley served as Director of Freshman Studies at St. Francis. His long career in started with teaching in elementary school, then high school and includes positions in secondary school administration and as an assistant principal and principal. Over the years his primary focus and academic interest in Nineteenth Century nonfiction British prose, particularly Matthew Arnold and Walter Pater, has broadened to include medieval literature as well as Modernism and its English and American practitioners in art and literature and contemporary American and British literature. His current professional interests are in curriculum design and instructional pedagogy where he is experimenting with technology in the literature and writing classroom. His membership in Christianity and Literature has influenced his professional research and writing to include articles on Victorian authors, John Henry Cardinal Newman and Gerard Manley Hopkins, as well as a recent interest in Geoffrey Hill. A member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, Brother Edward Wesley also focuses his attention on Franciscan ideals and uses some Franciscan principles to address an understanding of literature, art, and elements of popular culture in the classes that he teaches.