Callie Womble Edwards, Ph.D. ​



Phone: 919-525-1518 

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Professional overview

Higher Education professional with a multidisciplinary background in public health, workforce development, learning outcomes assessment, program evaluation, and student affairs.  Known for effective communication, relationship building, and leadership skills. Results-oriented advocate for students with a Ph.D. focused in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from North Carolina State University. 



  • Gates Millennium Scholar (2008-2018)

  • 2018 NCSU Higher Education Dissertation of the Year Award Recipient

  • Dynamic speaker having presented at 60+ international, national, state, and local peer-reviewed conferences, trainings, and convening

  • Published in peer-reviewed journals (Click here to view my publications)

  • Founder of two community organizations to serve scholars and professionals of color: The Life Of A Scholar, LLC. and The Scholar Academy, LLC. 

  • Nominated for the 2020 NC State University Award for Excellence, the most prestigious honor

  • bestowed upon non-faculty employees

  • Clifton StrengthsFinder Talent Themes: Futuristic, Maximizer, Achiever, Positivity, Discipline

Core skills 

Assessment and evaluation 


Community outreach 



Group facilitation

Microsoft Office Suite*​

Professional writing 

Public speaking

Qualitative research 


Social media marketing*



*denotes software and technical skills 

North Carolina State University 

Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis (4.0 GPA)                         February 2018

Concentration: Higher Education Administration 


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Master of Public Health, Health Behavior                                                                   May 2014

Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Health Policy and Management                  May 2012

Recent work experience
Associate Director, Research and Evaluation 
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, North Carolina State University  
2021 - Present


•Strategize with the Director of the FIRE team and the Executive Director of the Friday Institute to provide leadership for highly specialized and multifaceted research programs. 

•Direct and manage the work of Research Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and Undergraduate Interns

•Lead the submission of proposals for external sponsored funding 

•Serve as principal investigator (lead researcher) on several sponsored projects 

Research Associate 
Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, North Carolina State University  
2018 - 2021


•Lead planning and management of a eight research and evaluation projects including a multi-district evaluation and three multi-school evaluations

• Facilitate five partnerships comprised of nine researchers, two school districts, and five schools

• Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, such as surveys, focus groups, interviews,

site visits, and classroom observations, in order to evaluate program effectiveness

• Co-author memos, reports, and presentations for administrators, funders, and policymakers

• Train, mentor, and supervise three paraprofessional staff

• Co-develop grant proposals; Contributed to a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant award

Research Specialist
North Carolina Department of Commerce 
2017 - 2018


•Analyzed trends using primary and secondary data sources such as employment statistics, performance measures, surveys, focus groups, and interviews
• Co-authored NCWorks Commission publications including the first NCWorks Certified Career Pathways Impact Report (Click the hyperlink to view pdf) and the Spotlight on Workforce Innovation series (Click the hyperlink to view website). 

 •Led strategic planning efforts to align workforce programs across schools, universities, and community colleges

• Managed projects for the Commission’s Education & Training committee 
• Planned and facilitated Commission meetings, events, and workshops​


Adjunct Instructor 
Multiple Universities  

2016 - 2017


• Co-taught undergraduate and graduate courses for student-athletes, students on academic probation, and students in the masters of higher education program
• Also served as Guest Lecturer at NC State University, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), and Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AR).

Program Coordinator
Minority Engineering Programs Office, North Carolina State University  

2016 - 2017


• Organized logistics for two concurrent summer bridge programs, including parent orientation,

on-campus housing, daily academic and co-curricular schedules, and weekly industry site visits

• Assisted two freshman seminar instructors with instructional planning, class facilitation, and grading

• Managed assessment and evaluation efforts to measure student learning and engagement

Academic Coach
University College, North Carolina State University  

2015 - 2016


•Developed customized improvement plans for 3-5 students on academic warning per semester

• Facilitated weekly coaching sessions on soft skills, such as time management and study strategies

• Administered student assessments, including Learning Styles, Values Inventory, and Strengths

Conducted weekly one-on-one sessions with undergraduate students on academic warning
• Referred students to appropriate campus resources

Research Assistant
Office of Assessment, North Carolina State University  

2014 - 2017


• Collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data for NCSU’s 42-unit Division of Academic and Student Affairs 
• Authored reports, presentations, and handouts based on Division data 
• Led administration of the annual first-year and transfer student surveys
• Provided technical assistance to faculty and staff, including facilitating training sessions 

Research Intern / Assistant
Multiple Departments, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

2010 - 2014


• Collected, managed, and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data 

• Conducted literature reviews 
• Assisted with manuscript and proposal development