Faculty Profile for Dr. Pinfan Zhu

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Dr. Pinfan Zhu
Professor — English
FH 365
phone: (512) 245-3013

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Pinfan Zhu used to work as a senior technical translator, editor in China before 2000. He earned his doctoral degree in rhetoric and technical communication in 2004 at Texas Tech University in USA. Ever since then, he has been teaching in Texas State University as a full professor. He teaches both graduates and undergraduate.

Teaching Interests

Discourse analysis
Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Research Interests

International technical communication
Translation study
Cross-cultural writing.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Zhu, P. (2022). One Size Does Not Fit All:  On Application of Translation Theories to Teaching a Course of Website Localization. International Journal of Linguistic, Literature, an Translation, Volume 5(No. 8), 8–16. https://doi.org/DOI : 10.32996/ijllt.2022.5.8.2
  • Zhu, P. (2021). Translation of Traditional Chinese: Gains vs Losses. International Journal of Linguistic, Literature, and Translation., Vol.4, 1–7. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.32996/ijllt
  • Zhu, P. (2021). Audience and Purpose as a Means for Improving the Acceptability of Technical Translation. International Journal of Linguistic, Literature, and Translation., Vol. 4, 98–108. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.32996/ijllt
  • Zhu, P. (2020). Nabokov’s Art of Translation: Effective Means to Attract a Wide Readership. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature, and Translation, 3(12), 172–180. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.32996/ijllt
  • Zhu, P. (2020). Well-received Chinese Rhetorical Strategies as Identified in the Public Speeches and Reports by Chinese Leaders. Journal of Media and Communication Studies, 12(4), 46–53. https://doi.org/DOI: 10.5897/JMCS

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Certificate of Ten Years Dedicated Service. August 1, 2005 - September 1, 2015
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Linking Contextual Factors with Rhetorical Pattern Shift" was nominated for the best article for reporting quantitive and qualitative research, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. August 1, 2011 - February 1, 2012
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Application of Robert Gagne's Nine Principle Instructions to the Teaching of Web Localization, NCTE/CCCC Best Article in Technical and Scientific Communication Awards. February 1, 2010 - February 1, 2011
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellent Service. August 1, 2005 - August 1, 2006
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Excellent Young Teacher of Guilin Education Bureau, Guilin Education Bureau. June 1, 1984 - July 1, 1985

Selected Grants

  • Zhu, Pinfan (Principal). Teaching a Course in International Technical Communication, Library, Library Grant, $1000. (Submitted: September 1, 2006, Funded: September 8, 2006 - October 30, 2006). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Editorial Board of Chinese Traditional Medicine. Hunan University, China, 2016 -2019..
June 30, 2016-January 7, 2020
Reviewer / Referee
Technical Communication
January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022
Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Educational Research and Reviews.
January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022
Library Committee
August 1, 2021-December 31, 2022
Online Teaching Committee
August 1, 2021-December 31, 2022