Dr Callie Womble Edwards

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Acting Director, Program Evaluation and Education Research
Office: 919-513-8542

About Callie

Dr. Callie Edwards is an experienced educational researcher and program evaluator. For a decade, she has studied, partnered with, and advocated for historically underrepresented and underserved populations in health, education, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, such as women, communities of color, individuals who experience low-income backgrounds, and those who are the first in their family to graduate from college. She has also served in the areas of college assessment, academic coaching, pre-college and new student programs, underrepresented student recruitment and retention, and student wellness.

Dr. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a specialization in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University (NCSU). Her dissertation explored the counternarratives of high-achieving Black male engineering majors, and earned the NCSU 2018 Higher Education Dissertation of the Year Award, and an honorable mention from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education 2019 Dissertation of the Year Award selection committee.

Dr. Edwards currently serves as the Associate Director of Program Evaluation and Education Research at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, where she provides leadership for highly specialized and multifaceted research programs. She also directs and manages the work of Research Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and Undergraduate Interns, leads the submission of proposals for external sponsored funding, and serves as principal investigator on sponsored projects.

Prior to joining the Friday Institute, Dr. Edwards served as a Research Specialist at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, a Research Assistant in the Office of Assessment at NCSU, and a Program Coordinator in the Minority Engineering Programs Office at NCSU.