B.A., B.Ed., M.A. (Saskatchewan), Ph.D. (Alberta)
Office: Arts 257.2
M. Gail Osachoff (Limited-term Faculty) graduated B.A. (1965), B.Ed. (1965) and M.A. (1969) at the U. of S., and did her Ph.D. at the U. of Alberta (1978), taking as her dissertation topic "Pastoralism and Technology in Recent Canadian Fiction." Gail had the assistance of a Canada Council Graduate Fellowship for her research at this time. She held consecutive full-time posts at both universities during the late sixties and early seventies and has taught sessionally in the Department since 1975, generally teaching senior extension classes, both on and off campus. Her publications include several articles in refereed journals and literary magazines, a number of which have been reprinted in anthologies of criticism. Gail has written chapters for other anthologies as well as numerous book and theatre reviews, and she has served as theatre editor for NeWest Review since 1988. In her many speaking engagements, both in Canada and abroad, she has focused chiefly on Louis Riel and on women's issues. Gail was probably the first sessional lecturer on this campus to see the need for a union, and since 1988 she has sacrificed a great part of her time to working as an officer of CUPE 3287, serving first as treasurer and more recently as the newsletter editor. She was on the bargaining committee which negotiated the first two contracts, represented sessional staff on the President's Employment Equity Advisory Committee for five years, and now is a sessional representative on the Board of the Employees' Assistance Program.