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Callie Edwards

Director, Program Evaluation and Education Research

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development

Friday Institute 215A

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Dr. Callie Womble Edwards is the Director of Program Evaluation and Education Research at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education. Dr. Edwards has over 10 years of experience leading research and evaluation efforts in academic and government settings, including statewide initiatives.

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.

Prior to joining the Friday Institute in 2018, 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.

Dr. Edwards teaches doctoral-level qualitative methods courses and foundations of higher education opportunity, equity, and justice research in the NCSU College of Education, and serves on student qualifying/negotiated exam and dissertation committees.


Ph.D. Educational Research and Policy Analysis NC State University 2018

M.P.H. Health Behavior UNC Chapel Hill 2014

B.S.P.H. Health Policy and Management UNC Chapel Hill 2012

Area(s) of Expertise

As an equity-focused educational researcher and evaluator, Dr. Edwards studies, partners with, and advocates 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. In 2020, she launched the Program Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) Internship Program for Undergraduates. Her leadership of this impactful student development program was commended in 2022 as Dr. Edwards earned NCSU College of Education level and University level Awards for Excellence in Human Relations.