Professional Bio

Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies, University of Denver, Summer 2008
    Dissertation: A Rhetorical History of Academic Freedom from 1900 to 2006.

M.A. in Speech Communication, Colorado State University, Summer 1999. 
    Thesis: Organizational Hegemony: Culture, Power, and Communication. Directed by Dr. Denny Phillips.

B.A. in Speech Communication, Humboldt State University, May 1995

Research & Scholarship

Research Experience

University of Denver Center for Civic Ethics

Assistant to Drs. Hicks and Wood, 2002-Present

  • Content analysis of New York Times editorials
  • Created coding sheet for New York Times project.
  • Interviewed Denver Board of Ethics project participants
  • Coded written and interview data
  • Produced report for Denver Board of Ethics

Nurse Home Visitation Project

Assistant to Drs. Hicks and Larson, University of Denver, Summer 2003

  • Interviewed project participants
  • Coded interview data
  • Researched and wrote papers evaluating concepts key to the study

The Immigrant Adventure Project

City of Aurora, CO and the Mizel Museum of Judaica, Summer 2003

  • Conducted interviews with project participants
  • Constructed narratives from interview data
  • Built and educational program around the participants’ narratives
  • Trained museum employees to present educational program

Convention Presentations and Scholarship

  • (1999) Technology and the Concept of Audience. Paper presented at the 1999 Western States Communication Association annual convention, Vancouver, B.C., February 19-23.
  • (2000) Competitive paper reviewer, Western States Communication Association, Media Studies    Division.
  • (2002) Fear Appeals in Public Argument about Genetically Modified Foods. Co-written with Dr. Michael Bruner, Humboldt State University. Paper presented at the 2002 National Communication Association annual convention, New Orleans, LA, November 20-23.
  • (2003) Organizational Hegemony. Paper presented at the 2003 Rocky Mountain Communication Association annual convention, Boulder, CO, January 18.
  • (2004) Levinasian Dialogue and Fatherhood: Interaction with my Daughters as Others. Paper presented at the 2004 National Communication Association annual convention, Chicago, IL, November 14.
  • (2005) Political Reasonableness: A Content Analysis of the New York Times 1860-2004. Paper presented at the 2005 Western States Communication Association annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, February 18. With Darrin Hicks and Krissy Warrenburg.
  • (2005) Reasonable Accommodations: What it Means to be ‘Right’ in the College Classroom. Paper presented at the 2005 Western States Communication Association annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, February 18.
  • (2005) Political Reasonableness: A Content Analysis of the New York Times 1860-2004. Paper presented at the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation annual conference, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 20.
  • (2006)  David Horowitz’s ‘Trouble with Principle.’  Paper presented at the 2006 National Communication Association annual convention. San Antonio, TX, November 16.
  • (2006) Franklyn Haiman and John Peters: A comparison of free speech stories. Paper presented at the 2006 National Communication Association annual convention. San Antonio, TX, November 16. Top Paper, Freedom of Expression Division.
  • (2007) “My Professor is a Marxist Indoctrinator”: Victimization Narratives and the. Academic Freedom Movement. Paper presented at the 2007 Western States Communication Association annual conference. Seattle, WA, February 18.
  • (2007) Competitive paper reviewer, Rocky Mountain Communication Association, Rhetoric division.
  • (2007) Competitive paper reviewer, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Graduate Education division.
  • (2008) Competitive paper reviewer, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Open Competition division.
  • (2008) Conviction and the College Classroom: A One Hundred Year Battle to Silence the Passionate Professor. Paper presented at the 2008National Communication Association annual convention. San Diego, CA, November 21.
  • (2009) Reviewer, Western Journal of Communication
  • (2010) Ann Coulter is a Deadhead? The Socio-Political Implications of Deadheadism. Paper presented at the 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association annual conference. Albuquerque, NM, February 11.
  • (2010) Out of Step with the World: The Constitutive Rhetoric of the American Straight Edge Scene in the Early and Mid-1980s. Paper presented at the 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association annual conference. Albuquerque, NM, February 11.
  • (2007-2010) Reviewer Association for education journalism and mass communication.
  • (2006-2010) Reviewer Communication Law Review.
  • (2010) Competitive paper reviewer, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Open Competition division.
  • (2011-Present) Reviewer Free Speech yearbook
  • (2011) Alito’s Dissent: Words That Hurt Revisited. Paper presented at upcoming 2011 National Communication Association annual convention. New Orleans, LA, November 19.

Publications

  • Margesson, R. J. (2005) The Competing Free Speech Philosophies of Franklyn Haiman and John Dunham Peters Through the Lens of Skokie, Illinois 1978. Communication Law Review 6:1.                                                                                                                                             
  • D. Hicks, R. Margesson, & K. Warrenburg,  (2005) Political Reasonableness: A Content Analysis of the New York Times 1860-2004. The Uses of Argument: The Proceedings of a conference at McMaster University 18-21 May 2005, D. Hitchcock and D. Farr eds. pp. 190-198, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 18-21.
  • D. Hicks, R. Margesson, & K. Warrenburg,  (2005) Political Reasonableness in Contemporary Argumentation Theory: A Content Analysis of the New York Times, 1860-2004, Contemporary Argumentation and Debate: The Journal of the Cross Examination Debate Association, 26, pp. 1-12.

Community Involvement & Service

University & Community Service

  • Chair, 2012 Regis Fall Faculty Conference
  • Member, Regis University Library Dean search committee
  • Chair, Regis University Faculty Development Committee, 2012-Present
  • Member Regis University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Director search committee
  • Member, Regis University Faculty Development Committee,  2011-12
  • Member, Regis University Writing Director Search Committee
  • Invited critic, 2012 World University Debating Championship, Manila, Philippines
  • Invited Critic, 2011 World University Debating Championship, Botswana Africa.
  • Invited Instructor, 2011 FLTRP English Language Debating Championship, Beijing, China
  • Invited Instructor, 2010 FLTRP English Language Debating Championship, Beijing, China
  • Instructor, Junior Statesmen of America, Georgetown University, Summer 2009
  • Host and Participant Regis University 2010 Rocket Ship Debate
  • Member, Academic Standards and performance committee, 2009-2010
  • Member, Regis Faculty Senate, 2009-2011
  • 2008/2009 Volunteer of the Year, Denver Urban Debate League
  • Volunteer tournament coordinator, Denver Urban Debate League, 2009-present
  • Hosted Irish National Debate team at Regis University, 2007-Present
  • Omsbudsman, 2009 NPDA National Championship Tournament
  • Participant, Public Debate on the 2008 Presidential Election, Regis University, 2008
  • Presidential Debate Analyst, Rocky Mountain News, November 16, 2008
  • Presidential Debate Analyst, Fox News, October 26, 2008
  • Moderator, Public Debate on Presidential Politics, University of Denver, 2004
  • Education Coordinator, Mizel Center, 2003-2004
  • Presenter and Event Critic, Fort Collins/Loveland Toastmasters
  • Event Volunteer, Fort Collins Family Center/La Familia, 1998-2001
  • Moderator, Public Debate on Television Violence, Colorado State University, 1999
  • Moderator, Public Debate on Presidential Politics, Colorado State University, 1998