Dr. Callie Womble Edwards is an innovative research administrator with over a decade in executing high-quality educational research and evaluation, and demonstrated expertise supervising and training educational researchers.
July 2023 - Present
PROGRAM EVALUATION AND EDUCATION RESEARCH
Provide leadership and management for the PEER Group, which consists of highly specialized and multifaceted research and evaluation programs.
Lead the submission of proposals for external sponsored funding, serves as principal investigators on sponsored projects while also directing and managing the work of Research Scholars, Research Associates, and Graduate Research Assistants.
Acting Director, Program Evaluation and Education Research (June 2022 - July 2023)
Associate Director, Program Evaluation and Education Research (March 2021 - July 2023)
Research Associate (November 2018 - February 2021)
November 2021- Present
ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR,
ED LEADERSHIP, POLICY, AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Teach doctoral level qualitative research methods courses
Serve on student qualifying/negotiated exam and dissertation committees
Adjunct Instructor (August - October 2021 and Janaury 2016 -June 2017)
Also served as Guest Lecturer at NC State University, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), and Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AR).
"Honestly, outstanding work by Dr. Edwards. By far one of the best instructors I have had during my doctoral journey at NC State" - Fall 2021, Qual II
"Provide Dr. Edwards more sections of this course to teach!" - Fall 2021, Qual II
February 2015 - Present
OWNER & LEAD COACH
Design, implement, and evaluate coaching and consulting services for students, educators, and organizations
Specialize in dissertation coaching, and research and evaluation capacity building
December 2017 - November 2018
Analyzed trends using primary and secondary data sources such as employment statistics, performance measures, surveys, focus groups, and interviews
Led strategic planning efforts to align workforce programs across schools, universities, community colleges
Coauthored NCWorks Commission publications including the first NCWorks Certified Career Pathways Impact Report and the Spotlight on Workforce Innovation series
August 2014 - November 2017
Collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data for 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 to approx. 6,000 students
Provided technical assistance to faculty and staff, including facilitating training sessions
May 2016 - May 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 freshman seminar instructors with instructional planning, class facilitation, and grading
Managed assessment and evaluation efforts within the office
January 2015 - May 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: Learning Styles, Values Inventory, Strengths
May 2015 - August 2015
ON-SITE DIRECTOR (CONTRACT ROLE)
Led Wake Forest site as chief administrator (43-person staff and 376 middle school students)
Directly supervised the on-site administrative staff
Planned and implemented staff training and orientation
Managed site budget, including expense requests and petty cash
Reviewed student and staff disciplinary infractions
"Her ability to multitask and keep her focus in high stress situations. She also demonstrated patience and professionalism with all parents, staff, and students. Her leadership style commands respect without negating her as a resource. She was also approachable, honest, direct, and caring. I think her greatest strength is her willingness to reflect on her own performance and constantly search for areas for improvement"
May 2012 - May 2014
STUDENT WELLNESS SPECIALIST
Designed, implemented, and evaluated innovative multi-level interventions to address priority health issues and determinants of adverse health impacts based on assessment data
Reviewed grant applications to provide funding to student groups promoting wellness
Recruited and trained undergraduate students as grassroots wellness advocates
Advised peer education organizations
Initially hired as Health Outreach Specialist (2012-2013), transitioned to Student Wellness Specialist
Research Assistant, Department of Health Behavior (January 2014 - May 2014)
Mixed Methods Researcher, UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health (May 2013 - October 2013)
August 2013 - April 2014
Adapted a senior leadership curriculum to address the information and service gaps among Orange County’s aging population
Planned and facilitated a 12-training-session curriculum for older adults
Designed and conducted process and outcome evaluation of the adapted intervention using qualitative and quantitative methods
May 2011 - May 2012
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND PUBLIC HEALTH INTERN
Expanded reproductive rights advocacy via: research, community partnership building, and health communication.
• Research: Supervised a team of volunteers for community need analyses; collected and analyzed data.
• Community Partnership Building: Collaborated with statewide organizations to support reproductive rights (e.g. student health fairs, Pride festivals, etc).
• Health Communication: Developed educational materials to disseminate to the general public about reproductive rights and public health.