James Franco’s plans to instruct a few classes during his tenure at Connecticut’s prestigious Yale University have been shut down by university officials, who argue that the studious screen star lacks the eligibility (ie: three years of Ph.D studies) to take on the role of pseudo-professor.
During an appearance on Good Morning America last week, Franco, who will begin marticulating as a Ph.D student at Yale this fall, announced that he would be teaching a course during the Spring 2011 semester. A graduate of UCLA, with a Master’s degree from Columbia, Franco thought his experience as a seasoned writer could be beneficial to his fellow Ivy Leaguers.
After all, the one-time college did write an entire novel as his thesis.
Not so fast, Franco — because Yale’s English Department Chair Michael Warner has stepped forward to let the world know that there’s been a mayjuh misunderstanding:
“As a grad student in our program, he would not ordinarily teach until his third year. [Franco] was referring to another project: a proposal for a college seminar that did not work out for this year.”