Matthew McConaughey Is Now a Full-Time Film Professor at the University of Texas

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Fans of Hollywood actor, Matthew McConaughey, may need to rethink their education plans, as it’s been confirmed this week that he’s been given a full time teaching position at the University of Texas. The star, made famous in the ’90s cult classic, Dazed and Confused, has since starred in a wide array of different roles, from rom-com lead to action star. And his Hollywood pedigree seems to have stood him in good stead to teach others about the movie industry.

McConaughey has held visiting teaching positions at the University of Texas since 2016 and earned rave reviews thanks to his fascinating classes and on-campus presence. Want to learn more about what’s on his curriculum? Read on.

He first rose to fame in cult ’90s slacker comedy, Dazed and Confused, as the adorable David Wooderson. His performance in the movie was basically catchphrase central.

Through the late nineties and early noughties, McConaughey starred in a wide array of slightly cheesy romantic comedies – though his charm and appeal were still impossible to deny.

McConaughey has had smaller roles in a wide array of truly massive Hollywood movies, including 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and 2011’s Bernie.

In 2013, he starred in The Dallas Buyers Club, a role which earned him a Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award, SAG Award, and an Oscar. His role in acclaimed television series, True Detective, further cemented him as one of the most talented actors working today.

Since his re-emergence on the dramatic acting scene, he’s starred in movies such as Interstellar (2014), The Sea of Trees (2015), Free State of Jones, Gold (2016) and The Dark Tower (2017).

McConaughey has managed to continually retain a sense of humor within his work, often taking on more lighthearted roles – including in raunchy comedy, Magic Mike, in 2012.

But his latest venture may be his most unexpected – and most ambitious – yet. It seems as though McConaughey has decided to hang up his acting shoes – for now, at least.

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He’s always been very open about and proud of his Texan heritage, often working on community projects or with charities in the state.

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McConaughey also attended the University of Texas in Austin, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1993.

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He’s often returned to the institution, sometimes for football games and charity events. But since, 2016, he’s been around campus in a more official capacity.

It was announced by the Moody College of Communication that McConaughey would be coming in as a guest lecturer in certain classes.

Not only were his classes well-received, but he threw himself into the campus experience – even offering to drive students home in a golf-cart as part of a campus safety program.

Not only is he known for being an all-around nice guy, but people were blown away at the actor’s teaching talent.

Because, this week, it’s been announced that McConaughey’s visiting status will become permanent, and he’s joining Moody College of Communications full-time.

It’s called the Script and Screen film-production class, which he helped to design the curriculum for along with another UoT professor, Scott Rice.

“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,” McConaughey told UT News.

“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.”

Noah Isenberg, chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film, says, “[McConaughey] has a passion for teaching, and for all things cinematic, that is palpable, even infectious.” Jay Bernhardt, Moody College Dean, agrees: “We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty.”

“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 continues.

In fact, we’re pretty sure that enrollment on this course may break some University records. Want to see the full curriculum so you can study along at home? It’s available right here. And for more heartwarming Matthew McConaughey content, scroll on.