Candace M. Kyles, EDC research associate, has experience in educational research, data collection and analysis, organizational and program evaluation, K–12 education, and higher education. Kyles also has expertise in culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy and faith-based education. Trained in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation through the American Evaluation Association Graduate Diversity Internship program, she has cultivated her skill set in equity-based evaluation and research, particularly for marginalized communities.

Kyles advances multiple initiatives that focus on improving educational and health outcomes. She contributes to EDC’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Evaluation Capacity Building Conference project. She also collaborates on several projects that focus on innovative approaches to promoting educational equity and behavioral and public health.

Before joining EDC, Kyles worked as an instructor and research assistant at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education and the Institute for Racial Justice.

Kyles will complete her EdD in Curriculum & Instruction at Loyola University Chicago in 2023. She holds an MA in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a BS in Economics from Northern Illinois University.