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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 housed in the Department of English at Texas State University in 2005. Since his arrival he has taught various classes in the rhetoric and composition field including first-year composition courses, advanced composition, technical writing, and various 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.

Additionally, Dr. Pimentel has also published nearly 20 articles in various journals including English in Texas, Council Chronicle, Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Community and Literacy Service; Journal of Latinos in Education; Journal of Business and Technical Communication (finalist for NCTE’s 2009 article of the year in technical communication), among others. His most recent articles include: “Learning to Write in Writing Centers: The Racial Experiences of Two Mexican Students published in English in Texas, 2014; "Luchadores y Taqueros: Racist Discourses in Mainstream Television Commercials", 2014 appearing in Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. New York: Baywood Press, 2014."An Invitation to a Too-Long Postponed Conversation: Race and Composition" printed in Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Community and Literacy Service in 2013: "The Changing Demographics of the United States: Rethinking the Academic Experience in English Language Learners" published in The Council Chronicle in 2013. Furthermore, in 2012 he co-edited (with Miriam F. Williams) a special issue of the Journal of Business and Technical Communication on Race, Ethnicity, and Technical Communication: Examining Multicultural Issues within the United States, which included co-writing (with Miriam F. Williams) the introduction. Lastly, since 2005 Dr. has presented in over 30 national and international conferences.

In Spring 2016 Dr. Pimentel was elected to join the Editorial Board for the College Composition and Communication Journal, whereas in Fall 2015 he was nominated by the Department of English for the Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarship. In 2014-2015 Dr. Pimentel was selected as the Faculty Recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award for Texas State University and in 2013 he was elected to serve on the CCCC/NCTE National Executive Committee. In 2010 and 2011 Dr. Pimentel was Runner-Up for the Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service at Texas State University and in 2008, he was Runner-Up for the Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Curriculum Vita

Teaching Philosophy

DEGREES

  • Ph.D., Social Foundation of Education: Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Utah

  • M.A., Composition Studies, California State University-Chico

  • B.A., English, Spanish and Chicano Studies Minor, California State University-Chico

CONTACT INFORMATION

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Composition Studies

  • Composition Theory and Pedagogy

  • Minority Rhetorics and Literacy Practices

  • Qualitative Research

TEACHING, PUBLICATIONS, AND SERVICE AWARDS

  • 2016 Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Best Collect of Essay National Book Award--Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication (Baywood Press, 2014).

  • 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University.

  • 2016 Dr. Pimentel was elected to join the Editorial Board for the College Composition and Communication Journal.

  • 2014-2015 he was selected as the Faculty Recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award for Texas State University.

  • 2011 Runner-Up for the ""Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service" at Texas State University.

  • 2010 Runner-Up for the ""Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service" at Texas State University.

  • 2009 Nominee for the NCTE award for Best Article Reporting Historical Research or Textual Studies in Technical and Scientific Communication.

  • 2008 Runner-Up for the "Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence" at Texas State University.

  • 2008 Liberal Arts "Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching"

  • 2008 Den Namesake for Paws Preview

COURSES COMMONLY TAUGHT

Undergraduate

  • ENG 1300 Topic: Developmental Writing

  • ENG 1310 Topic: College Writing I

  • ENG 1320 Topic: College Writing II

  • ENG 3303 Topic: Technical Writing

  • ENG 3318 Topic: Composition and Rhetorical Theory

  • ENG 3311 Topic: Writing Ethnographies

  • ENG 3311 Topic: Hip Hop Literacy

Graduate

  • ENG 5300 Topic: Language Problems in a Multicultural Environment

  • ENG 5313 Topic: Research Methods

  • ENG 5316 Topic: Composition Theory

  • ENG 5316 Topic: Composition Pedagogy

  • ENG 5316 Topic: Writing for Social Justice

  • ENG 5317 Topic: Literacy Studies

  • ENG 5317 Topic: Critical Media Studies

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
In Print

BOOKS

SPECIAL ISSUE JOURNAL

ARTICLES

BIBLIOGRAPHIES

Work Not in Print

BOOK MANUSCRIPT UNDER REVIEW

  • (with Cruz Medina) Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media. Manuscript Proposal under review at Computers and Composition Digital Press.

ARTICLES UNDER REVIEW

  • Buena Gente: Contradicting the Myth of the Colonizer

  • Not the King: Cantando el Himno Nacional de los Estados Unidos

BOOK MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS 

  • Literacy and Education: A Historical View of a Latino Fraternity. Building on previous research, this study describes the role of literacy in a Latino fraternity, showing how literacy skills transfer into students’ academics.

ARTICLES IN PROGRESS

  • Pimentel, Octavio. “Theorizing Freshman Composition: The Need for the Dual Language Classroom.”

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

NATIONAL COMMITTEE AFFILIATIONS