Pritts named Professor of the Year at Potomac State College

Cassandra Pritts

History Instructor Cassandra Pritts was named the ‘2015 Outstanding Professor of the Year’ by her peers and students during Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s recent Weekend of Honors.  Associate Professor Jeff Jones, who also serves as the Faculty Assembly Chair, presented the award .

Cassandra Pritts, history instructor at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University, was recently named ‘Professor of the Year’ for 2015.

Pritts teaches the following courses at the College:  Growth of the American Nation to 1865; Making of Modern America: 1865 to the Present; World History to 1500; Western Civilization: 1600 to the Present; and Honors Western Civilization: 1600 to the Present.

Additionally, Pritts serves on the Sociology Search Committee, Academic Standards Committee, Assessment Committee, Committee on Committees, Honors Program Advisory Council, and the Frasure-Singleton Internship Committee at the College.  She is also the academic advisor for students majoring in history and secondary education.

The following is an excerpt written by a student nominating Pritts for this award, “Her lectures are always interesting and enjoyable; they are filled to the brim with information and assignments are thought-provoking and often creative.  Ms. Pritts is an excellent instructor and a truly passionate historian.” 

Pritts earned her master's degree in history from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. and her bachelor's degree in history from Frostburg State University (FSU) in Frostburg, Md. 

She previously served as an adjunct instructor at both PSC and FSU, and was also the director and archivist for the Brooke Whiting House Museum in Cumberland, Md. from 2004 to 2009.

Her service outside the campus includes serving as secretary for the Westernport Heritage Society, as caretaker of the Historic Barrick Cemetery of the Mineral County Historical Society, and being a lifetime member of the Mineral County Historical Society and the Westernport Heritage Society.  

She is also a member of the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Organization of American Historians, the Northern Appalachian Network, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. 

Her research interests include World War II; Nazi Germany; Nineteenth Century United States; Nineteenth Century Americana; and Museum Studies.

Her peers use phrases like ‘innovative and engaging, works tirelessly, professional and committed to her students’ when describing Pritts, and they all agree that students continuously sing her praises, rating her classes as excellent.

Pritts is married to Potomac State English Professor Steve Oberlechner and is the daughter of Bill and Sue Pritts of Cumberland.