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Octavio Pimentel

Dr. Octavio Pimentel

Dr. Octavio Pimentel
Professor, Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Octavio Pimentel joined the Masters in Rhetoric and Composition Program in The Department of English at Texas State University in 2005. He has taught various classes in the rhetoric and composition field, including first-year composition courses, advanced composition, technical writing, as well as critical graduate courses that encompass issues of minority languages, rhetoric, and writing. Critically trained in rhetoric, writing, and education, Dr. Pimentel combines these fields while addressing critical issues of minoritized individuals in the composition field.

Since his arrival at Texas State University, Dr. Pimentel has and continues to publish extensively, which includes publishing 2 books: Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, which won the 2016 Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Best Collect of Essay National Book Award (Baywood Press, 2014). Currently, Dr. Pimentel is working on his third book, Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media, which is under review with Computers and Composition Digital Press.

Since 2005, Dr. Pimentel has presented in over 30 national and international conferences, and he has won several awards for his hard work. In Fall 2015 Dr. Pimentel was nominated by the Department of English for the Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarship, and in Spring 2016, he was elected to join the Editorial Board for the College Composition and Communication Journal. In 2014-2015 Dr. Pimentel was selected as the Faculty Recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award for Texas State University, and he was elected to serve on the CCCC/NCTE National Executive Committee in 2013. 


Office Flowers Hall M23
Office Phone 512-245-3724


Ph.D., Social Foundation of Education: Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition
M.A., Composition Studies, California State University-Chico
B.A., English, Spanish and Chicano Studies Minor, California State University-Chico


Teaching & Research Interests  
Composition Studies Composition Theory and Pedagogy
Minority Rhetorics and Literacy Practices Qualitative Research                                    


Courses Commonly Taught
ENG 5300 Topic: Language Problems in a Multicultural Environment
ENG 5313 Topic: Research Methods
ENG 5316 Topic: Composition Theory
ENG 5316 Topic: Writing for Social Justice
ENG 5317 Topic: Literacy Studies
ENG 5317 Topic: Critical Media Studies
ENG 3311 Topic: Hip Hop Literacy
ENG 3311 Topic: Writing Ethnographies


Selected Publications
Pimentel, Octavio. Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices. Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.
Miriam F. WIlliams and Pimentel, Octavio (eds). Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. New York: Baywood Press, 2014.
Williams, Mirriam and Pimentel, Octavio Eds. Race, Ethnicity, and Technical Communication: Examining Multicultural Issues within the United States. Special Issue of Journal of Business and Technical Communication 26.3 (2012). Print.
Pimentel, Octavio, Charise Pimentel, and John Dean. “The Myth of the Colorblind Composition Classroom: White Instructors Confront White Privilege in Their Classrooms.” Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication. Eds. Frankie Condon and Vershawn Ashanti Young. Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado. 2016. 109-122. Print.
Pimentel, Octavio “Learning to Write in Writing Centers: The Racial Experiences of Two Mexican Students."  English in Texas: A Journal of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts. 44.2 (Fall Winter 2014). 34-39. Print.
Pimentel, Octavio. and Gutierrez, Katie. "Luchadores y Taqueros: Racist Discourses in Mainstream Television Commercials." Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. New York: Baywood Press, 2014.
Pimentel, Octavio. "The Changing Demographics of the United States: Rethinking the Academic Experience of English Language Learners." The Council Chronicle. September (2013): 27-28. Print.
Pimentel, Octavio. "An Invitation to a Too-Long Postponed Conversation: Race and Composition." Reflections: Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning 12.2 (2013): 90-104. Print.
Pimentel, Octavio. "El Dia de Los Muertos." Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceañera, ABC CLIO Publishing. Spring 2013.
Williams, Mirriam and Pimentel, Octavio. "Introduction: Race Ethnicity and Technical Communication." Race, Ethnicity, and Technical Communication: Examining Multicultural Issues within the United States. Special Issue of Journal of Business and Technical Communication 26.3 (2012). Print.
Pimentel, Octavio. "Mi Pobre Guerito." Teaching Bilingual/Bicultural Children: Teachers Talk About Language and Learning. Eds. Lourdes Diaz Soto and Haroon Kharem. New York: Peter Lang, 2010. 73-78. Print.
Pimentel, Octavio. "Disrupting Discourse: Introducing Mexicano Immigrant Success Stories." Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning 8.2 (2009): 171-196. Print.
Pimentel, Octavio. & Velázquez, Paul. "Shrek 2: An Appraisal of Mainstream Animation's Influence on Identity." Journal of Latinos in Education 8.1 (2009): 5-21. Print.
Pimentel, Charise., Soto, Lourdes Diaz, Pimentel, Octavio., & Urrieta, Luis. Jr.  "The Dual Language Dualism: ¿Quiénes Ganan?" Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Journal 10.1 (2008): 200-223. Web. 14 February 2009.
Johnson R. J., Pimentel, O., and Pimentel, C. "Writing New Mexico White A Critical Analysis of Early Representations of New Mexico in Technical Writing." Journal of Business and Technical Communication 22.2 (2008): 211-236. Print.
Pimentel, C. & Pimentel, O. "Coalition Pedagogy: Building Bonds between Instructors and Students of Color." Included in English studies: Learning Climates that Cultivate Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Eds. Shelli B. Fowler and Victor Villanueva. VA: Stylus Publishing, 2002. 115-124. Print.
Howard, Moore Rebecca and Pimentel, Octavio. "Latina/o Language, Discourses, and Rhetorics: A Bibliography for Composition and Rhetoric." <>:December 2010. Online.

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