Preparing for Careers in the Academy is a credit-bearing course offered by Mason’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence. The purpose of this program is to help students working on terminal degrees such as the PhD and the MFA to prepare for future academic careers and strengthen their instructional effectiveness. Mason also participates in the Preparing Future Faculty program, a national movement to transform the way aspiring faculty members are prepared for their careers. The PFF program provides doctoral students, as well as some master’s and postdoctoral students, opportunities to observe and experience faculty responsibilities at a variety of academic institutions with varying missions, diverse student bodies, and different expectations for faculty. Students come from several types of institutions such as historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, women’s colleges and tribal colleges. Mason’s relationship with Howard University has been productive, resulting in the hiring of more minority faculty members.