Know a higher education faculty member who has inspired his or her students to make a difference in their communities? If so, nominate him or her for the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, which offers a $25,000 monetary award.

Last year's prestigious award recipients were Carol S. Dweck PhD, of Stanford University; Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, of Yale University; Kathleen McDermott, PhD, of Columbia University; Claude M. Steele, PhD, Columbia University; James O. Prochaska, PhD, of the University of Rhode Island; and Judith Resnik, PhD, JD, Yale Law School.

The award was established in 2008 under the will of Gail McKnight Beckman (1938-2007) in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as the Trustee.

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman was an educator, a renowned author and a pioneer in the field of psychology. She was one of the first female psychology professors at Columbia University, and she taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Beckman authored nine books and textbooks about child and adolescent Psychology. Beckman was a champion of gender equality and an advocate for the advancement of women in academia.

Individuals nominated for the award must be current or former teachers, professors or instructors in any higher education academic field. Preference will be given to educators in the fields of psychology, medicine and law. To be considered, the educator must currently teach or have taught at a United States college, university, junior college, community college or technical school. Award candidates must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent resident aliens.

The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Awards Advisory Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 award cycle. Nomination forms must be postmarked by Oct. 31. Award winners will be notified by Dec. 31.

The award recipients will be honored at the second annual Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Awards Ceremony in Atlanta. For more information go to Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust.