Dr Callie Womble Edwards

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Research Associate

About Callie

Dr. Callie Womble Edwards is an Educational Researcher with a multidisciplinary background in public health, workforce development, learning outcomes assessment, program evaluation, and student affairs. Dr. Edwards holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and a M.P.H. in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has significant research experience centering underrepresented populations such as women and racial and ethnic minorities in health, education, and STEM. 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.

Since 2018, she has served as a Research Associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. In this role, she evaluates educational initiatives using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and leads the planning and day-to-day operations for eight research and evaluation projects. Additionally, a major aspect of Dr. Edwards’ work is developing and maintaining effective research-practice partnerships (RPPs) with schools and districts. RPPs provide a new pathway in educational research methodology by engaging researchers and practitioners in collaborative, iterative, and systemic inquiry. Dr. Edwards serves on the Steering Committee of the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP), and is an inaugural NC State Impact Scholar. She is also the project manager of the Friday Institute Educational Research and Evaluation Internship program for undergraduate students. In 2020, she was nominated for the NC State University Award for Excellence, the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees.

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