Matthew McConaughey was officially added to the list of faculty at the University of Texas as a “professor of practice.” Therefore, from this fall, film students at Austin will have the chance to learn more from their favorite teacher and actor.
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 was born in Uvalde, Texas, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the university in 1993.
He worked as a visiting instructor for the past four years and become somewhat of a cult hero, especially after he drove students home in a golf cart as part of the university’s safe-ride program in 2016.
He was initially brought on to teach the “Script to Screen” film-production class with another professor, Scott Rice, and he helped design the curriculum for the class, and now he will continue to teach it as a full-time professor.
Last week, @McConaughey visited @UTRTF‘s Advanced Producing: Script-to-Screen class! #moodypride #whatstartshere pic.twitter.com/hpmhEMKi8I
— TEXAS Moody (@UTexasMoody) August 29, 2016
In a statement, the university declared that the new appointment recognizes his “outstanding work as a teacher and mentor.” Moreover, it added that McConaughey is widely respected for his “willingness to work with students beyond the classroom.”
Noah Isenberg, chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film, claims that he has a passion for teaching, and for all things cinematic, that is palpable, even infectious.
McConaughey says that it is the class that he wishes he had when he was in film school, the ability to turn words on paper into a film, a combination of science and art.
He added that the elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless, and they will remain their classroom focus.
The popular film star has appeared in over 50 films, including Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his leading role.
And whilst students at Moody College are undoubtedly thrilled to have the expertise of the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor this semester, we believe many of you have suddenly got an immense desire to go to college!