Dr. Zachary Hart honored with national Outstanding Article of the Year Award

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Thursday – Oct. 31, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University communication chair and associate professor Dr. Zachary Hart has been honored by the Association of Business Communication with its 2013 Outstanding Article of the Year award, presented last week in New Orleans.

The award is given annually to stories published in the Journal of Business Communication that contribute significantly to scholarship, research and/or pedagogy; demonstrate originality of thought and careful investigation; and are well written, lucid and engaging. Dr. Hart’s article was titled “Message Content and Sources During Organizational Socialization.”

“I am deeply honored by this award,” Dr. Hart said. “It recognizes the importance of how messages are communicated during the transition, training and development of new employees.”

Dr. Hart currently joined the NKU faculty in 2003. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations, communication studies and journalism. Dr. Hart’s research focuses on the nature and impact of messages communicated to newcomers during organizational socialization. He is currently investigating the impact of socialization training on workers with disabilities. He also studies the sensemaking process during doctor-parent prenatal communication about genetic disorders. His research has been published in international, national and regional communication and disability studies journals.

Dr. Hart received his Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Michigan State University, his M.S. in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.A. in Mass Communication from Western Illinois University.

The Outstanding Article of the Year award is sponsored by textbook authors Ray Lesikar, Marie Flatley and Kathy Rentz. In addition to a plaque and one-year membership in the organization, Dr. Hart also received a $500 cash award.  

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