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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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Scholar Chat: Nursing Edition with Dr. Tomika Williams
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Scholar Chat: Nursing Edition with Dr. Tomika Williams

The Life Of A Scholar Presents..... ​ Scholar Chat: Virtual Conversations with Scholars ​ Are you interested in nursing? Listen to our first Scholar Chat, a virtual conversation with Dr. Tomika Williams. Tomika Williams, PhD, AGNP-C, RN is a clinical assistant professor of nursing at East Carolina University. She is a dually certified adult-gerontological nurse practitioner (primary care) with clinical practice experience in long-term care, in-patient rehabilitation, and employee wellness care/occupational health. She graduated from NC A&T State University in 1998 receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2003 with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-Nurse Practitioner) and in 2016, completing her doctorate (PhD) in Nursing. Her research and scholarship interest areas include long-term care, gerontology, health promotion, and social justice issues in health care. Additionally, she is the owner of Golden Health Education and Consulting, PLLC, offering health education and consulting services to patients, families, and communities. ​ You can learn more about Dr. Williams at or connect with her on social media using the handles below: ​ Facebook: @Golden Health Education & Consulting Instagram: @tomikaempowered Twitter: @tomikaempowered LinkedIn: ---- **ABOUT US** Dr. Callie Womble Edwards is a first-generation college graduate who earned her Ph.D. at the age of 27 with a 4.0 GPA. She funded her undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees with scholarships and grants, leaving her with no student loan debt. Dr. Edwards founded The Life Of A Scholar, LLC. in 2015 to "pay forward" the extraordinary enrichment opportunities she has benefited from. Her specialty is helping students identify their ideal undergraduate or graduate program, apply for their program of choice, and apply for scholarships to help fund their studies. Professionally, Dr. Edwards is an experienced educational researcher and program evaluator, and has served in the higher education industry for over eight years. For more information about The Life Of A Scholar, LLC. and it's programs, please contact or email Dr. Edwards at
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