Faculty Profile for Dr. Octavio Pimentel

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Dr. Octavio Pimentel
Professor — English
phone: (512) 245-3723

Biography Section

Biography and Education

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. Dr. Pimentel has authored and co-authored 5 books: Cuentos and Testimonies II: Students' Voices, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism is scheduled to be published; Cuentos & Testimonies: Diversity & Inclusion at Texas State University; Racial Shorthand: Racial Discrimination Contested in Social Media; Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices; and Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication.

Dr. Pimentel also has more than 30 articles published including his last two articles The Push for the 1974 Statement…Once again” (Symposium on Black Lives Matter and Antiracist Projects in Writing Program Administration: WPA Journal, Fall 2021). and “Dandole Gas: Un Profe con Sangre del Fil” (Cross-Talking With An American Academic of Color: Essays in Honor of Victor Villanueva), which is scheduled to be published in 2022.

Dr. Pimentel has presented in over 40 national and international conferences, and has won several awards for his scholarship. 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. Dr. Pimentel also serves on the Editorial Board for the CCC (College Composition and Communication) Journal, TCQ (Technical Communication Quarterly), Journal of Business and Technical Communication and College English.

Research Interests

Rhetoric and Composition, Latinx Discourse, and Literacy

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Pimentel, O. (n.d.). Dandole Gas: Un Profe con Sangre del Fil. In Cross-Talking With An American Academic of Color: Essays in Honor of Victor Villanueva.
  • Pimentel, O., & Williams, M. F. (n.d.). Foreword. In Grassroots Activism: Public Rhetorics in Localized Contexts. Ohio State University.
  • Pimentel, O. (n.d.). Blurb--“Glass ceiling breaking. Está cabron el libro—this book is powerful, and meaningful to all who read it. The engagement of Indigenous people in the Technical Writing field is next level thinking that will surely have people wanting more. Gracias.” Logan, Utah, United States: Utah State University Press.
  • Pimentel, O. (2023). The First in my Family. In The First-Gen Podcast. Retrieved from https://open.spotify.com/episode/25PTGf3TWwg9hgrzb6gAGZ
  • Pimentel, O. (2023). We Are Strong Already. In The First-Gen Podcast. Retrieved from https://open.spotify.com/episode/3tUTmtOQZ9ilwmOBMkyj4F

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Thomas Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, Keynote Speaker. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Gamma Zeta Alpha 30 Year Gala, Honored Speaker. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Watson Pre Meeting, Keynote Speaker. 2017
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication, Conference on College Composition and Communication. 2016

Selected Service Activities

1st Generation Committee
August 2022-Present
MARC Hiring Committee
August 2022-Present
Cuentos and Testimonies Journal
August 2021-Present
Technical Communication Hiring Committee
Literature Hiring Committee
August 2020-Present