West Liberty University students presented Sandra Czernek with its Professor of the Year Award for 2014. The presentation was made at the annual Honors Convocation by the Vice President of the Student Government Association Jeffrey Tice, Chester, W.Va.

Student Government Vice President Jeffrey Tice presents the Professor of the Year Award to Sandy Czernek.

Student Government Vice President Jeffrey Tice presents the Professor of the Year Award to Sandy Czernek.

“I still can’t believe that I get paid to teach history! I love it, and I love my students. They validate my calling through this honor,” she said. The annual Professor of the Year Award is decided by student nominations of favorite professors, followed by student voting to select the final honoree.

Czernek has taught history full time at West Liberty University since August 2008. She began her career on the Hilltop as a “senior adjunct” in 2004.

Czernek has received the coveted award once before.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with certification in social studies, and a master degree in history, both from West Virginia University. A native of Weirton, W.Va. and graduate of Brooke High School, she lives in the Warwood neighborhood of Wheeling.

Previously Czernek was a tutoring coordinator at West Virginia Northern Community College and prior to that a vocational evaluator for the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services. She has also taught at the high school level.

Led by President Robin C. Capehart and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education. Five vibrant colleges — the College of Arts and Communication, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and the Gary E. West College of Business — offer more than 60 majors and 30 programs that are nationally recognized or accredited. Graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Education and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. For more information, please visit www.westliberty.edu or call 1.866.WESTLIB.