Dr. Callie Edwards is an experienced educational researcher and program evaluator. For nearly 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. Callie holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a specialization in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University (NCSU) and a M.P.H. in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.. 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. Callie currently serves as the Associate Director of Research and Evaluation 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. Callie 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. 

In her free time, Dr. Callie enjoys cooking, reading, watching movies, working out, and volunteering. She is also a newlywed and enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Shawn and their Yorkshire Terrier, Winston.

Fun Facts About Callie

  • She is a first-generation college graduate from Durham, North Carolina. 

  • She is a Gates Millennium Scholar

  • She developed two community-based organizations to support historically marginalized students and professionals, The Life Of A Scholar, LLC. and The Scholar Academy, LLC., and earned the 2015 Gates Millennium Scholar Alumni Association Excellence in Service Award for her community outreach efforts.

  • She began her career in state government in 2017. 

  • In 2018, the North Carolina State University higher education program faculty selected Callie’s dissertation study for the 2018 Higher Education Dissertation of the Year Award.

  • In 2019, she was initiated into the Mu Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.