Hear! Hear! Matthew McConaughey just transitioned from an ‘alright, alright, alright’ host to a listen up students professor. The Oscar-winning actor has officially joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and will serve as a professor of practice at the school’s Moody College of Communication in the Department of Radio-Television-Film starting this fall semester.
According to Hollywood Reporter, McConaughey who graduated from the school in 1993 has been a visiting instructor at the flagship campus in Austin since 2015, and the university said in a statement Wednesday that the appointment recognizes his "outstanding work as a teacher and mentor."
"We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty," said Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt. "Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students, and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators."
McConaughey and faculty member and director Scott Rice have been co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class, but now the actor's name is solely on the syllabus. McConaughey, an Austin native, developed the curriculum for the course, which provides “a unique, behind-the-scenes view of each stage of a film’s production.”
“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them,” the actor and producer said in a statement. “Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art — no matter the time or generation. The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus.”
Before becoming a full-fledged professor, McConaughey also has the role of "Minister of Culture" for the school’s forthcoming basketball and events arena in order to support a unique fan experience.