The Department of English at Iowa State University honored HCDE Associate Professor Mark Zachry with an Outstanding Alumni Award at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' awards ceremony on Thursday, October 28, 2010.
Dr. Zachry's research areas include the communicative practices of organizations, communication design, and the rhetoric of technology.
His current work focuses on developing models of communicative interactions in virtual workspaces. This research includes detailed examinations of online knowledge work, exploring language use and other user behaviors in the collective sensemaking and collaborative activity of people.
A related strand of his research develops theoretical constructs to account for the uses of discourse in the regulation of individual practices in organizations. This project is the focus of his co-edited collection, Communicative Practices in Workplaces and the Professions: Cultural Perspectives on the Regulation of Discourse and Organizations (Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 2007).
He is currently Principal Investigator on the NSF-funded project, "Informing Social Translucence with Open Composable Online Reputation Systems." Zachry is the immediate past editor-in-chief for Technical Communication Quarterly (2003–08).
Zachry received the NCTE Best Original Collection of Essays in Scientific & Technical Communication Award in 2008 and the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Teacher of the Year Award from Utah State University in 2003.
While a student at ISU, Zachry was president of the Society for Technical Communication and a member of Phorum, the PhD organization in the English department.