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BC Lynch School of Education Professor
Honored as Inspirational Teacher

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (January 2012) — Janet E. Helmsthe Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College's Lynch School of Educationhas been honored as an inspirational teacher by the Gail McKnight Beckman Trust, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Janet E. Helms
Janet E. Helms

Helms is one of only fifteen distinguished professors from universities around the United States to be honored for inspiring their students to make a difference in their communities. The awards were presented at a ceremony on January 7 at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

"These outstanding faculty members have inspired their former students to change the world.  The trust recognizes the benefits of what an extraordinary professor can produce,” said Dr. Carol Goodheart, Beckman Trust Committee Member and past president of the American Psychological Association. “We learn how remarkably professors have motivated their students, and see how students have created a real-world success because of this inspiration.”

The trust, which is administered by the Wells Fargo’s Philanthropic Services group, was founded in 2008 under the will of Gail McKnight Beckman in honor of her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman, an educator, author and pioneer in the field of psychology, and one of the first female psychology professors at Columbia University.

Professor Helms' work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the APA's Leona Tyler Award for an outstanding research career as well as several other awards for distinguished contributions from the APA and the Association of Black Psychologists, and inclusion in Iowa State University's "Plaza of Heroines," among others. In 1991, she was the first annual recipient of the "Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship in Professional Psychology," inaugurated in her honor by Columbia University Teachers College.

More information on the Gail McKnight Beckman Trust is available here