Friday Institute for Educational Innovation research associate Callie Edwards, Ph.D., was named the 2021 North Carolina State University Impact Fellow. Edwards will be part of the program’s first cohort. Strengthening Research Impact (STIR) and is one of 12 participants selected from nearly 50 applicants.
The STIR program aims to improve the ability of the State of North Carolina to design and conduct research with broad societal impacts. Fellows will attend five 90-minute workshops designed to strengthen their ability to create innovative research impacts on society and to write more competitive grant proposals. They must also design and implement their own research project and lead a workshop on the impacts of research within their departments. Fellows will receive $ 1,000 to support project expenses.
Edwards is an education researcher with a multidisciplinary background in public health, workforce development, learning outcome assessment, program evaluation and student affairs. She holds a doctorate. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from NC State College of Education and an MPH in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Edwards has extensive research experience focused on under-represented populations, such as women and communities of color, in the areas of health, education and STEM. His dissertation explored the counter-narratives of high-performing black male engineering majors and won the 2018 NC State College of Education Thesis of the Year award and an honorable mention from the thesis selection committee of the year 2019 of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education. .
Since 2018, Edwards has been a research associate at the Friday Institute. In this role, she evaluates educational initiatives using quantitative and qualitative methodologies and leads the planning and day-to-day operations of eight research and evaluation projects. In addition, a major aspect of its work is to develop and maintain effective research-practice partnerships (RPPs) with schools and districts.
Edwards sits on the Steering Committee of the National Network of Educational Research and Practice Partnerships (NNERPP) and is also the project leader of the Friday Institute’s Educational Research and Assessment Internship Program for undergraduates. In 2020, she was nominated for the NC State University Award for Excellence, the most prestigious honor bestowed on non-teaching employees.
Prior to joining the Friday Institute, Edwards was a research specialist in the North Carolina Department of Commerce and a research assistant in the North Carolina State Office of Assessment.
This story originally appeared on the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation website.