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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 (more than 20 articles), as well as 3 books: Racial Shorthand: Racial Discrimination Contested in Social Media, with Cruz Medina, (University Press of Colorado, 2018), Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication, with Miriam F. Williamswhich won the 2016 Technical and Scientific Communication Award for Best Collection of Essays National Book Award (Baywood Press, 2014). Currently, Dr. Pimentel is working on his fourth book, Cuentos & Testimonies: Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State, with Miriam F. Williams, which is scheduled to be published in the Fall 2018 by Texas State University.

Since 2005, Dr. Pimentel has presented in over 30 national and international conferences, and he has won several awards for his scholarship. Most recently, in the Fall 2015, Dr. Pimentel was nominated by the Department of English for the Presidential Distinction Award for Scholarship. In 2014-2015 Dr. Pimentel also won the Texas State University Excellence in Diversity Award Committee. Currently, Dr. Pimentel serves on the Editorial Board for the CCC (College Composition and Communication) Journal and TCQ (Technical Communication Quarterly). He also serves on the AP English Exam National Committee. Lastly, Dr. Pimentel will also be a Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Watson Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Contact:

Office Flowers Hall 215
Office Phone 512-245-3723
Email Octavio.Pimentel@txstate.edu

 

Degrees
Ph.D., Social Foundations in Education: Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Utah
M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies: Composition Studies, California State University, Chico
B.A., English/Spanish and with Minor in Chicano Studies, California State University, Chico

 

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

 

Courses Commonly Taught
English 7316: Writing for Social Justice  (PhD)
English 5399A: Thesis (MA)
English 5399B: Thesis (MA)
English 5317: Literacy Studies (MA)
English 5317: Critical Media Studies Class (MA)
English 5316: Foundations in Rhetoric and Composition (MA) 
English 5316: Foundations in Composition Pedagogy (MA)
English 5316: Writing for Social Justice  (MA)
English 5313: Research Methods (MA)
English 5300: Language Problems in a Multicultural Environment (MA)
English 3318: Theory of Writing and Rhetoric
English 3311: Advanced Writing and Reading
English 3311: Hip Hop Literacy
English 3303: Technical Writing
English 3301: Critical Theory
English 1320: College Writing II
English 1310: College Writing I
English 1300: Developmental Writing

 

Selected Publications
Pimentel, Otavio and Mirium Williams. Cuentos & Testimonies: Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State University. Texas State University Website, 2019. Online.

Medina, Cruz and Pimentel, Octavio, eds. Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media. Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2018. Online. 

Pimentel, Octavio. “Manifesto: It’s Time to Hear Me! I Mean Really Hear me!” Making Future Matters. Eds. Rick Wysocki and Mary P. Sheridan. Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2018. Online.

Medina, Cruz and Pimentel, Octavio. “Introduction.” Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media. Eds. Cruz Medina and Octavio Pimentel. Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2018. Online.

Pimentel, Octavio. “Not the King: Cantando el Himno Nacional de los Estados Unidos.” Racial Shorthand: Coded Discrimination Contested in Social Media. Eds. Cruz Medina and Octavio Pimentel. Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2018. Online.

Pimentel, Octavio and Nancy Wilson. “Éxito (Success)”. Decolonizing Rhetoric and Composition Studies: New Latinx Keywords for Theory and Pedagogy. Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2017. 125-136. 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. Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices. Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.

Pimentel, Octavio and Gutierrez, Katie. “Taqueros, Luchadores, y los Brits: U.S. Racial Rhetoric, and its Global Influence.” Race, Ethnicity, and Technical Communication for the Baywood Technical Communication Series. Eds. Miriam F. Williams, and Octavio Pimentel. Race, Ethnicity, and Technical Communication. New York: Baywood Publishing Press, 2014. 87-99. 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.

Miriam F. WIlliams and Pimentel, Octavio (eds). Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. New York: Baywood Press, 2014.
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.

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. "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.

Howard, Moore Rebecca and Pimentel, Octavio. "Latina/o Language, Discourses, and Rhetorics: A Bibliography for Composition and Rhetoric." <http://www.rebeccamoorehoward.com/bibliographies/latinao-language-discourses-and-rhetorics>:December 2010. Online.

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, Jennifer Ramirez, Pimentel, Octavio, and Pimentel, Charise. “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. 

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.

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