Alright, alright, alright, it seems like Matthew McConaughey has come a long way from his Dazed and Confused era. He was recently promoted from a visiting instructor at the University of Texas, to an official member of UT's faculty ranks.
McConaughey started co-teaching film production courses at UT's Moody College of Communication in 2015 and has since influenced the program and its students.
The University of Texas press release stated that McConaughey "began co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class with faculty member and director Scott Rice." McConaughey has played a vital role in the course by developing the curriculum that "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 post-production and release."
According to McConaughey himself, "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. 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."
Students at UT and within the Moody College of Communication are ecstatic to have the experienced and critically acclaimed actor on campus. Other students around the nation have taken to social media to express their opinions on the matter as well.
Sounds like the University of Texas is about to get some transfer students, especially when Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt speaks highly of McConaughey's effect in the classroom. He stated that "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."
Maybe I should go back to college to pursue acting, too. Best of luck, Professor McConaughey!