Omar Guevara

Educational Background

  • 1996 Master of Arts in Communication Studies, Miami University of Ohio
  • Thesis: “Three strikes and you’re out: An exploratory inquiry into the metaphorical dimensions of criminal justice”
  • 1993 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Iowa
  • Major in Political Science, Minor in Sociology

Professional Experience

  • 2003- Director of Forensics & Instructor of Communication, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
  • 2002-2003 Adjunct Lecturer of Speech & Political Science, University and Community College System of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1998-2002 Director of Forensics & Instructor of Speech, California State University at Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California
  • 1996-1998 Acting Director of Forensics & Adjunct Instructor of Speech, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan

Collegiate Courses Taught

  • Upper division: Communication Law, Media Technology and Society, Persuasion and Propaganda, Persuasive Campaigns and Social Movements, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • Lower division: Argument & Debate, First-Year English (Honors), Introduction to American Politics, Public Speaking, Voice and Diction

Coaching and Debate Career Highlights

  • 2006-2008 WSU Debate ranked 3rd in regional sweepstakes (a measure of program viability) for two consecutive years in a row by the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA).
  • 1999-2008 Qualified one team to the annual National Debate Tournament (54th, 55th, 56th, 58th, 61st, 62nd), and two teams in the 2004-2005 season (59th)
  • 1999-2008 Six times ranked in “Top 32” varsity college debate programs in the nation (1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2007-2008)
  • 1999-2008 Coached teams to win ten regionally significant policy debate tournaments: NDT District IX Qualifier (2008), University of Denver (2007), Los Angeles City College (2006), Arizona State University (2004), Val Browning Round Robin @ Weber State University (2002), Wayne State University (2001), Fresno State University (2000), University of Wyoming (2000), California State University-Northridge (1999), Southern Utah University (1999)
  • 2001-2008 Coached top varsity policy debate team to winning records and elimination appearances at multiple national circuit tournaments (Northwestern University, University of Kentucky, University of Texas, Wake Forest University) and a 6-1 record at the prestigious Las Vegas Round Robin.
  • 2000-2002 CSU-Bakersfield ranked third in regional sweepstakes (a measure of program viability) for two consecutive years in a row by the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA).
  • 1997-2003 Instructor and Guest Lecturer at numerous summer debate workshops: “Arizona Debate Institute” at Arizona State University, “Summer in Forensics” at The University of Iowa, and the “Spartan Debate Camp” at Michigan State University
  • 1989-1993 Nationally recognized debater at the University of Iowa, octafinalist and “top 10” speaker at both the 45th (5th speaker) and 46th (8th speaker) National Debate Tournament, two-time “pre-bid” (top 16 team in the country) during the 1990-1991 and 1991-1992 seasons
  • 1985-1989 Debated at Detroit Catholic Central High School, won Glen Brook North, semifinalist at Bronx Science, Glen Brook South, St. Mark’s, and Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky

Publications and Reviews

Academic Scholarship

  • Guevara, O. & Waryas, D. (2002). (Media)ting competing recollections: Argentine
  • expatriates respond to popular depictions of Eva Peron. Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, 31, 40-68.
  • Guevara, O. (1997). From the battlefield to the arena? Evidence for, and implications of, the rise of a paradigmatic SPORTS metaphor in criminal justice discourse. Michigan Association of Speech Communication, 32, 52-68.
  • Guevara, O. (1997). Pro-life and animal rights advocacy: An analogical assessment of argumentative forms across the ideological spectrum. In J. Klumpp, et. al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the tenth SCA/AFA conference on argumentation. Annandale, VA; SCA.

Book Reviews

  • Guevara, O. (2001). [Review of the book Media and Globalization: Why the State Matters]. World Communication, 30(2), 81-82.

Popular Media

  • Guevara, O. (2001, April 22). Should ‘sorry’ be considered an apology? [editorial]. Bakersfield-Californian, p.B9.
  • Guevara, O. (2000, October 18). In presidential debates, the voters decide the winner [editorial]. Bakersfield-Californian, p.B9.
  • Guevara, O. (2007, October 5). “Giving Voice to Citizenship: A Snapshot,” 9th Annual Diversity Conference, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

Professional and Institutional Service

College and University Service

  • 2007 Diversity Conference Steering Committee Member, Weber State University
  • 2005-07 Academic Resource and Computer Committee Member, College of Arts and Humanities, Weber State University

Department Committee Service

  • 2007-08 Policies & Procedures Committee Member
  • 2006-07 Curriculum Committee Member
  • 2003-05 Scholarship & Awards Committee Member
  • 2007-08 Civic Advocacy Search Committee Co-Chair
  • 2006-07 Mass Communication Professor Search Committee Co-Chair
  • 2005-2006 Public Relations Search Committee Member
  • 2003-04 Assistant Director of Forensics Search Committee Chair
  • 2001-02 Public Relations Search Committee Member

Professional Organizations

National Administrative Offices

  • 2005-07 National Debate Tournament, District IX Chair
  • 2006-07 National Debate Tournament, Appeals Committee Member

Reviewer for Academic Journals

  • 2006- Argument & Advocacy, Blind Reviewer
  • 2007- Journal of Communication and Religion, Blind Reviewer

Student Outreach and Recruitment

  • 2006 Co-founded Lambda Pi Eta (undergraduate communication honors society) at Weber State
  • 2000 Co-founded Lambda Pi Eta at California State University-Bakersfield
  • 2004 Co-founded “Civic Advocacy” concentration at Weber State
  • 2003 Co-founded “Communication Career Day” at Community College of Southern Nevada

Awards and Recognition

  • 2002 Invited Judge for the Electronic Media Awards, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2000 Outstanding Critic of Argument, Cross Examination Debate Association
  • 1998 Finalist for Outstanding Young Faculty, CSU-Bakersfield
  • 1996 Appointed Captain U.S. Debate Team Tour of Europe

Director of Forensics/Instructor

Public Speaking
Communication Law

Elizabeth Hall 111A