That’s Professor Matthew McConaughey to you. The actor and producer will be moving up in academia from visiting instructor at the University of Texas at Austin to a professor of practice.
In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice. @McConaughey will continue to teach the #UTScriptoScreen class in @UTRTF. pic.twitter.com/9goKkc6U0A
— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) August 28, 2019
McConaughey has been teaching at UT’s Moody College of Communication since 2015 where his courses include film production. According to the University of Texas’ press announcement, “he began co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class with faculty member and director Scott Rice. He developed the course’s curriculum, which provides a unique, behind the scenes view of each stage of a film’s production.”
Professor McConaughey’s class will focus on “walking through an entire motion picture from the first draft of the script to postproduction and release,” said Jay Bernhardt, dean of Moody College.
Matthew McConaughey: alright, alright, alright
Professor Matthew McConaughey: all right, all right, all right https://t.co/cjdEGUWt9Q
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 28, 2019
“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school,” McConaughey said.
“Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them. Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both 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.”
Me applying at UT Austin after I hear Matthew McConaughey is going to be a professor: pic.twitter.com/XeSdov7dtb
— Bridget Bundy (@BridgetBundy) August 28, 2019
“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,” Bernhardt said.
McConaughey, who won a Best Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, is an alum of UT Austin. He received a film degree in 1993.
Other celebrities who have instructed at the university level include Angelina Jolie, Oprah, and Spike Lee.
How will anyone be able to get ANYTHING done in his class…
— California Girl & Proud of it (@AndrealJackson3) August 28, 2019
While it’s wonderful that McConaughey wants to give back to his school and work with young people, don’t forget that most universities rely on an increasingly contingent faculty who are not adequately financially compensated for their work and have no job stability!