One of Edward Dougherty's students said that he "has enthusiasm, is hardworking, and loves teaching." Another said that, "Class is hardly ever boring. Because he is a writer himself, he knows writing is a struggle." Dougherty believes it is hard for students to clarify their thoughts and make them clear to readers. In his classes, he gets students engaged in a process that generates material, then evaluates it so that students can see ways to improve it. In this way, he believes all writing can be creative.
The artist Henry Moore said, "The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do." I believe the art of writing (in my case, poetry, but also essays) and the art of teaching is like this. I pursue excellence, knowing that there is so much more to learn. I hope to convey this passion to my students.
Edward A. Dougherty enjoys teaching writing courses (ENGL 0950, 0990, 1010, and 1020), Creative Writing (ENGL2490), and Modern Poetry (ENGL2190).
Edward A. Dougherty has had several projects published throughout his career, including:
- Part Darkness, Part Breath. Plain View Press (poetry collection)
- Pilgrimage to a Ginkgo Tree. WordTech Communications (poetry collection)
- Backyard Passages. FootHills Publishing (poetry collection)
- The Luminous House. Finishing Line Press. (poetry collection)
- Small Galaxies. Winner of the New Eden Chapbook Award. (poetry collection)
- The Metal of My Mouth. FootHills Publishing (poetry collection)
- Pilgrimage to a Ginkgo Tree. Hiroshima, Japan: World Friendship Center (poetry collection with two others, in Japanese + English)
- Double Bloom: Exercises for Poets. Longman. (a textbook for writing poetry) Co-authored with Scott Minar.