Clarissa Estep, teaching professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, has more than 15 years of involvement in the areas of service learning, professional field experience and education abroad.
One of Estep's most significant contributions to experiential learning at WVU is through Model United Nations. As part of Model UN, students participate in National Model United Nations and assume the role of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. With Estep as their mentor, WVU delegations have been routinely recognized as outstanding or distinguished delegations – awards presented to the top 10% of delegations participating in National Model United Nations conferences.
In addition to her work with WVU students, Estep currently serves as president of the National Model United Nations Board of Directors. She previously served as vice president from 2017-2019 and a member from 2016- 2017. As a faculty member at WVU, Estep also spent 10 years teaching a service-learning capstone that placed students majoring in multidisciplinary studies with organizations that could benefit from their academic knowledge and individual skills.