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The Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will be attending the University of Texas at Austin as an associate professor this fall semester.
The 49-year-old students in the university’s Department of Radio-Television-Film.
McConaughey has been a visiting instructor at the flagship campus in Austin, texas, since the end of 2015. The university said in a statement on Wednesday that the appointment recognizes his “outstanding work as a teacher and a mentor.”
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“He has a passion for teaching, and of all things cinematic, that is, it is palpable, even infectious,” said Noah Isenberg, chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film.
Matthew McConaughey earned a film degree from UT-Austin in 1993.
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He will continue to teach from a Script to Screen film production class, in which he developed the educational curriculum. This fall, the students are studying The “Men’s” and “Mud” director Jeff Nichols, who is scheduled to make a visit.
The university says McConaughey is well respected for his “willingness to work with students outside of the classroom.”
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“This is the class I wish I’d had when I was in film school. Working in the classroom with these students, it gives me a chance to prepare,” McConaughey said in a news release. “The making of the films, and the twisting of words on paper, or film, is both a science and an art, no matter the time or generation to the next. The elements of the truth, and the real joy of the process, which is timeless. That is, it will always be in our classroom teaching.”
McConaughey earned a film degree from the school in 1993. He has appeared in over 50 films, including “Dazed and Confused”, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” for which he won an academy award and a Golden Globe for his role.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.