Eric Stonestreet hired as K-State Pride professor

Eric Stonestreet, K-State alumnus and established actor, has announced he will be teaching EMAW 100, a class focused on the new K-State Pride minor. (Photo Illustration by Caleb Pfeifer | Collegian Media Group)

Eric Stonestreet, actor and 1996 Kansas State graduate, announced this morning via Twitter that he will become a professor at his alma mater in the fall 2019 semester, teaching an introductory-level course, EMAW 100, as part of the new K-State Pride minor.

(Photo Illustration by Olivia Bergmeier | Collegian Media Group)

Stonestreet is a favorite among the members of the K-State marching band, also known as the Pride of Wildcat Land, with members often holding up a blown-up image of his face during K-State basketball games and cheering when he shows up to K-State events.

Football seems to be a particular favorite sport of Stonestreet’s, but as a graduate with a sociology degree and plenty of experience in K-State Theatre, Stonestreet said he is “certain” he will be able to appeal to every Wildcat who walks into his classroom.

Stonestreet added that he was “beyond honored” to be chosen as a professor, and he would do his best to help every student minoring in K-State Pride from here on out.

Actor Eric Stonestreet interacts with a little fan at the K-State football game against Baylor in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 30, 2017. (Meg Shearer | Collegian Media Group)

Student reactions to Stonestreet’s professorship have been overwhelmingly positive, and faculty members have said they are expecting Stonestreet’s EMAW 100 class to fill up quickly.

Phil Flautist, marching band member and sophomore in open option, said he was ecstatic to take a class with Stonestreet.

“I can’t wait until Mr. Stonestreet joins us at K-State,” Flautist said. “His class is already on my schedule for the fall semester.”

President Richard Myers expressed his gratitude to Stonestreet in a press release.

“I’m excited for Eric Stonestreet to teach K-State Pride,” Myers wrote. “It’s something we need here at the university.”