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Dr. Callie Edwards is an experienced educational researcher and program evaluator. For over 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 led statewide research and evaluation efforts in academic and government settings.

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). 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. Click here to view her award-winning dissertation

Dr. Callie is pleased to serve as the Director of the Program Evaluation and Education Research Group at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and an adjunct faculty member in the NCSU College of Education. 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.

In her free time, Dr. Callie operates a consulting agency, The Life Of A Scholar, LLC. She also enjoys cooking, watching movies, working out, and volunteering with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She and her husband, Shawn, live in North Carolina and have a Yorkshire Terrier, Winston.


Board Member (2021-Present)

Steering Committee Member (2021- Present)

Member At Large (2021 - Present)


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