Meg Palladino

Meg Palladino (editor) is the Creative Director and one of the Founding Editors of the University of Venus blog. She created University of Venus with Mary Churchill in January 2010.

Meg is the Director of the English Language Institute at Yale University. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Education with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the State University of New York at Albany, and graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a BA in Intercultural Studies. She has been teaching international students at the University level and administering international programs for over 12 years. Meg enjoys cooking North African food, riding her bike, walking her dog and neologisms.

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Most Recent Articles

February 19, 2014
Responding to Kristof.
July 2, 2013
Always ready for discovery.
April 16, 2013
On 29 March - coincidentally my birthday and the day General George Patton took Frankfurt -  Susan Patton published a Letter to the Editor in The Daily Princetonian titled “Advice for the Young Women of Princeton: the Daughters I Never Had” that made a stir at my doctoral alma mater.  Like me, Patton has two sons. Like me, Patton has adopted highly accomplished female undergraduates at her alma mater as surrogate daughters.  Like me, Patton finds endless banter about “leaning in” to careers vapid unless it engages women’s private as well as public personas.  Unlike me, she advises Princeton women to graduate with a diploma and a marriage license. Ms. Patton’s prescription depends upon three flawed premises, all rooted in assumptions.
October 16, 2012
Initially, I wanted to write about ‘the benefits’ instead of mentioning a term with intrinsic conflicting, and not always positive, connotations. On the other hand, while trying to make a mental summary of my ideas, I discovered that, in fact, the option of being an independent researcher may present several serious challenges.
April 17, 2012
I have suddenly realized that my children will have a fundamentally different childhood experience than the ones my husband and I had growing up. Before you say, duh, realize that I’m not talking about social media and texting and cell phones and Khan Academy (not to mention that we’re living in a different country). I am talking about my children growing up in a small, rural town, versus the big-city childhood my husband and I both had.
June 2, 2011
From the archives for #NAFSA11 I started my first professional teaching job at the age of 22. I taught English as a Second Language at a private language school. I was armed with a Master’s degree, a three-month teaching practicum, and some informal teaching experience. In other words, I was completely unprepared.
May 19, 2011
On the first day of class, I always try to do an ice breaker. One of my favorites is to ask students to tell us about their name. Why was this name chosen? What does it mean? Often this exercise helps me remember students’ names and helps me learn a little more about them.
March 9, 2011
Since I became an administrator, I have had a yearly performance evaluation. Over all, they have been positive, but I am consistently criticized for one thing, year after year: my lack of “swagger.” It is a confusing thing to be criticized for. When I look up “swagger” on dictionary.com, I find: –verb (used without object) 1. to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air. 2. to boast or brag noisily. –verb (used with object)
December 5, 2010
For several years during my early 20’s, I kept a journal that I called the “Read Me Journal.” There are three volumes, all written in floral hardbound notebooks, with the words “Read Me” scrawled across the front in black nail polish. They are all fat and include various newspaper and magazine clippings, drawings and a few dashes of perfume to supplement the handwritten account of my life. Each has a detailed table of contents, written in A.A. Milne style, beginning with the words “In which…” They also include handwritten comments from my friends on whatever I had written.
September 23, 2010
During a recent cleaning spree, I came to a slightly upsetting conclusion about myself: I am a hoarder. I hoard three things: trial sized beauty products, plastic shopping bags, and lip balm. The trial sizes are in case I need to take a vacation, I am ready. The plastic bags are for walking my dog; I never want to need one and not have one when he needs to go. The lip balm… well, I like lip balm.

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