As classes begin at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), there’s a new professor in town: Matthew McConaughey.
The acclaimed actor has been a guest lecturer before, but now he will be a professor of practice with the Moody College of Communication, which houses the media and film programs at the university.
“Making movies, turning words on paper into film, is both a science and art – no matter the time or generation,” McConaughey said in a news release by the college. “The elements of truth and genuine joy for the process are timeless. That will always be our classroom focus.”
Jay Bernhardt, the dean of Moody College, also said that he was proud to welcome McConaughey to the faculty team.
“Matthew cares deeply for our school and our students,” Bernhardt said in the release, “and we are thrilled that he shares his time and talent to help prepare the next generation of media leaders and innovators.”
Nearing his fiftieth birthday, McConaughey is a Texas native who was born in Uvalde and grew up in Longview.
Shortly after enrolling at UT with the intent to study law, he decided to pursue a degree in film instead and graduated from the university in 1993.
In the same year, he played a supporting role in his first feature film, Dazed and Confused. Since then, he has built up a large acting portfolio in over fifty films.
In 2013, he starred in Dallas Buyers Club — a performance that won him an Academy Award.
Other notable movies that he has acted in include Sahara (2005), the football drama We Are Marshall (2006), Tropic Thunder (2008), Mud (2012), Interstellar (2014), and Free State of Jones (2016).
Besides his new role at UT, McConaughey has made other news recently in the world of Austin sports. Last week, Austin FC announced that he was one of the new co-owners of the Major League Soccer team.
Austin FC was announced in January of 2019 and is slated to begin playing in spring of 2021.
“The most diverse and borderless game in the world is now coming to one of the most multi-cultural, creative and diverse cities in the world,” McConaughey stated. “Austin FC is a healthy investment in our city’s culture and future.”
With his involvement in the new soccer team and a professorship at UT, McConaughey is solidifying himself as one of Austin’s most iconic figures.
Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.