Professor Ştefan COLIBABA


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Ștefan Colibaba holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature (Al.I.Cuza University Iasi), an M.A. in TEFL (School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, U.S.), and a B.A. in English and French (Al.I.Cuza University Iasi).
In terms of work experience, he taught English at secondary school level for over 10 years before joining the English Department at Al.I.Cuza University where he has been teaching English and American literature since 1991.
Ștefan Colibaba writes on the theory of short fiction and on the teaching of literature, and co-authors books on language development and human rights/citizenship education. 

His professional interests also include ELT materials development, trainer/teacher training, education management, project management, blended learning formats, and the use of international benchmarks in evaluating language competences.
Ștefan Colibaba has been course director and trainer at regional training courses (Thailand, Colombia, Pakistan, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Rep.of Moldova, Romania) focusing on the link between language development and critical thinking, autonomous learning, and inclusive education.
He works in European projects that develop innovative non-formal tools for assessing and validating competences at the workplace. In this capacity, he has taken part in British Council (Ireland, France, Nepal) and Romanian Ministry of Education projects for the design of training materials and evaluation schemes. He is a certified examiner for Cambridge, SAT and GRE international exams.
In 2006 he was selected among the 21 Best Practitioners in a survey carried out under the auspices of the European project MODE.


Postwar American Short Fiction: Between Modernism and Minimalism, Iasi: Spiru Haret
The British Modernist Novel, Iasi: Ars Longa
Raymond Carver and Minimalist Fiction, Iasi: Ars Longa
A Process Approach to the Teaching of Literature in an EFL Context, Iasi: Cantes

Articles (selected)

  • The nature of the short story: attempts at definition, ‘Synergy’, Journal of the Department of Germanic Languages and Business Communication, Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. no.2 / 2010, Editura ASE Bucuresti, 2010
  • The minimalist touch: Raymond Carver, ‘Synergy’, Journal of the Department of Germanic Languages and Business Communication, Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol.5 nr.1, Editura ASE Bucuresti, 2009
  • Character Delineation in American Minimalist Short Fiction, ‘Synergy’, Journal of the Department of Germanic Languages and Business Communication, Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol.4 nr.1, Editura ASE Bucuresti, 2008
  • Short Story Criticism: Historical Overview, “Messages, Sages, and Ages”: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of British and American Studies Suceava University, Editura Universitatii Suceava, pp.259-266, 2006
    Eudora Welty: Love and Separateness, “Romanian Journal of English Studies”, European Society for the Study of English, no.2, pp.17-24, 2005. Click here to go to journal issue.
  • E. Welty: Love as Protection, “British and American Studies”, Tipografia Univ. de Vest Timisoara, vol.VI. no.1, p.67-72, 2005
  • The Theme of Wandering in Welty’s ‘The Golden Apples’, Cultural Matrix Reloaded, 7th International Conference of RSEAS, Galaţi: Universitatea “Dunărea de Jos”, Ed.Didactica si Pedagogica, pp.280-285, 2005
  • Toward an Interdisciplinary Approach to Short Story Theory, Cercetari actuale în domeniul limbilor si literaturilor moderne, Lucrarile Simpozionului National, Editia a V-a, Iasi: Casa Editoriala Demiurg, pp.27-32, 2005
  • Surfaces and Hidden Truths in Eudora Welty’s Short Fiction, „Messages, Sages, and Ages,” Proceedings of the First International Conference on British and American Studies, Universitatea “Ştefan cel Mare” Suceava: Editura Universitatii Suceava, pp.165-170, 2004
  • Love and Knowledge: the necessary distance, „Studii de limbi si literaturi moderne”, Timişoara: Editura Mirton, Timişoara, p.41-46, 2004
  • John Cheever – The Country Husband, International Conference “From Margin to Centre”, Iasi: Editura Universitas XXI, pp.148-154, 2000
  • The Study of Literature and Skills Devlopment in EFL Contexts, “Mapping the Future” International Conference, Iasi, March 2005, Universitas XXI, 2005
  • Human Rights Education and Language Development, Tradition, Modernity and Postmodernity, International Conference, Iasi: Universitas XXI, 2005
  • Literature for the language learner, Conferinta internationala "Limba, cultura, civilizatie la inceputul mileniului trei", Universitatea Politehnica Bucuresti, Editura Politehnica Press, Bucuresti, pp.294-298, 2007
  • Interact: Constructivist Underpinnings, Part 4–Articles and Presentations (pdf.), 2008. Click here to see article.
  • Promoting multilingualism through blended learning courses for LWULT languages, “Strategies for optimizing the quality standard in higher education ESP”, D. Cantemir University Tg. Mures, Cluj-Napoca: Editura Risoprint, 2009


  • TOOL, Lingua 2 European project (Tool for online and offline language learning), European Commission, Brussels, 2006-2009
  • Language Rich Europe, British Council project, 511780-LLP-1-2010-1-UK-KA2-KA2NW
  • ALL (Autonomous Language Learning), European Commission, Brussels, 2006-2009
  • InterAct Leonardo2004-N/04/B/PP/165020(2004-2007)
  • Inspire Lingua 1228100-CP-1-2006-1-UK(2007)
  • EuroIntegrELP 117021-CP-1-2004-1-RO-LINGUA-L1(2004-2007)
  • Learning by Moving, SOCRATES – LINGUA 1 225782-CP-1-2005-1-LT-LINGUA-L1, 2005-2008
  • Lingua Connections, SOCRATES – LINGUA 1 225790-CP-1-2005-1-GR-LINGUA-L1, 2005 -2007
  • FaceIt, Family Learning and Education for Active Citizenship, Grundtvig, 230305-CP-1-2006-1-RO-GRUNDTVIG-G11, 2006-2008
  • Chain Stories, Lingua 1, 229633-CP-1-2006-1-ES-Lingua-L1, 2006-2008
  • LaProf, 143436-LLP-1-2008-1-F1-KA2-KA1 MP (2009-2010)
  • UEmploy: Consultancy for Employment Inclusion, 510784-LLP-1-2010-1-RO-LEONARDO-LMP
  • My Story, creating an ICT-based inter-generational learning environment, 511641-LLP-1-2010-1-RO-KA3-KA3MP
  • Erasmus projects: Tifola (Brussels 2005-2006), Multifola (Kecskemet, Hungary,2006-2007), Equitifola (Holbaek, Denmark, 2009-2010)
  • eLanceNET (European Resource and Language Centre Network),90465-CP-1-2001-RO-LINGUA-L1, 2002- 2005
  • NELLIP - Network of European Language Labelled Initiatives and Projects, 519129-LLP-1-2011-1-IT-KA2-KA2N
  • CVE - Corporate Volunteering as a bridge between the world of work and schools – training for schools leaders, teachers and other school personnel, 517833-LLP-1-2011-1-PL-COMENIUS-CMP
  • FIESTA: Facilitating Inclusive Education and Supporting the Transition Agenda, 517748-LLP-1-2011-1-IE-COMENIUS-CNW
  • GLOTTODRAMA, 2012-1-IT1-LEO05-02861
  • LnetWK - Lingu@network, 530964-LLP-2012-ES-KA2-KA2MP
  • Digital Timelines (ref. no. 2014-1-UK01-KA204-000071)
  • MedLang, Massive open online courses with videos for the palliative care clinical field and intercultural and multilingual medical communication (ref. no. 2014-RO01-KA203-002940)
  • School&Work, 2014-1-IT02-KA201-003985
  • SEED:  Sectors united for fostering Employability of young adults through E-work Development (2015-1-HU01-KA204-013503)
  • E-Learning from Nature, (2015-1-IT02-KA201-015133)
  • Apprentice Preparation Training - New Approaches in Managing the Transition from Education to Employment, (2016-1-UK01-KA202-024558)


BA 3rd year: English literature (Modernism), American literature;
MA 1st year: Literature in ELT, Education Management;
MA 2nd year: Assessing, adapting and creating ELT materials, Teaching strategies.

Research supervision (BA / MA)

BA: literary studies, cultural studies, modernist poetics: English and American literature
MA: TEFL, Applied Linguistics, Education management, ELT materials, classroom strategies