Twitter Imagines What It Will Be Like To Have Matthew McConaughey As A Professor

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will join the University of Texas as a professor, and Twitter is excited. McConaughey will teach in the university's Department of Radio-Television-Film this coming fall.

One twitter user said on Wednesday, "Imagining Matthew McConaughey going over a syllabus, detailing the point structure of the class and his policy on submitting late assignments."

Another joked, "Y'all know Matthew McConaughey going to be teaching at UT Austin as a film professor. Hurry up and start filling out those transfer documents."

"In recognition of his outstanding work as a teacher and mentor to University of Texas students, and with respect to his career as an award-winning actor and producer, Matthew McConaughey has been appointed as a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication starting in the fall 2019 term," the university said in an announcement on Wednesday.

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Actor Matthew McConaughey watches from the Texas Longhorns sideline during the game against the Baylor Bears at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The release noted that McConaughey first joined as a visiting instructor in 2015, co-teaching a Script to Screen film production course. It also credits McConaughey with developing the curriculum for the class, "which provides a unique, behind-the-scenes view of each stage of a film's production."

Students have studied McConaughey films including Free State of Jones, White Boy Rick, and The Beach Bum.

In a statement, McConaughey described the class as one he wishes he'd had when he attended film school at UT — where he earned his film degree in 1993. "Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them," McConaughey said. "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."

McConaughey has been a visiting instructor at the university's flagship campus in Austin for four years, and the university said that the appointment recognizes his "outstanding work as a teacher and mentor."

The university also said that McConaughey is respected for his "willingness to work with students beyond the classroom."

The actor-turned-professor has appeared in more than 50 films, including Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his leading role.

McConaughey is not the only entertainer who has joined the world of academia: a couple of years ago, Angelina Jolie made the move as well, becoming a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics. Other celebrities turned instructors include Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, Alec Baldwin, and Spike Lee.