Dr. Coffey received a B.A. in French with Greek and Spanish as support languages, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Romance Philology with minors in German and French from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He taught French in Washington DC and English and French in Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany. He currently teaches French, German and Spanish at Creighton University. His research areas include historical and comparative linguistics, language proficiency, medieval texts and paleography, and the transcription and editing of medieval texts though the application of linguistic principles. He has published a number of books and articles including critical editions and translations of medieval texts. He has presented papers on rhetoric, language proficiency and a variety of medieval topics. He has also been active in faculty governance, serving in a number of positions at Creighton, including fourteen years as President of the University Faculty; and at the state and national level in the American Association of University Professors.