Libor Štěpánek is Assistant Professor in English and Director of the Masaryk University Language Centre, Brno, Czech Republic. His broad international teaching experience and teacher training activities include EAP soft skills such as intercultural communication, critical thinking, academic writing, academic presentations or videoconferencing, however, his main academic interest lies in creativity and Creative Approach to Language Teaching (CALT). He is also an author and co-author of a number of materials, online courses and publications, such as Oral Presentations or Grada´s Academic English – Akademická angličtina Průvodce anglickým jazykem pro studenty, akademiky a vědce.
Alena Hradilová is responsible for studies and quality of education at Masaryk University Language Centre, Brno, Czech Republic. She is also in charge of internal teacher training and further teacher development. Being also a teacher of English as a foreign language, she is based at the Language Centre’s Department at the Faculty of Law where she specializes in teaching English for law. Her broad academic and teacher training experience covers mainly the use of videoconferencing technology in teaching ESP and EAP, ESP methodology, teaching academic writing, soft skills and the use of hedging in scientific writing. As a teacher trainer, she has co-operated with the British Council at summer courses in various European and Asian countries.
Colin Kimbrell is originally from New Orleans. He has lived in Brno for 8 years. In that time, he has worked as a translator, editor, and English teacher. Colin also recently finished a master’s degree in energy security at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Masaryk University. He also writes a food blog for the local Brno Expat Centre and is an avid traveler and reader. His other hobbies include football, tennis, and cooking.
Paul van Hooft
Dr. Paul van Hooft is an international relations scholar with a focus on grand strategy and international security. He is especially interested in the future of American power in Europe, and its impact on European strategic autonomy. Van Hooft obtained his doctorate in political science at the University of Amsterdam (UVA) with a project on the impact of victory and defeat in war on grand strategy, and the propensity of states to use military force and diplomacy. The dissertation was awarded the 2016 prize of the Dutch and Flemish political science associations. Previously, Van Hooft worked as a strategic policy analyst at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS)
From 2011 to 2016, Paul van Hooft taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the UVA and Leiden University on grand strategy, trans-Atlantic relations, and contemporary international security, as well as supervised theses at both levels.