815 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
As the assistant dean of University College, Matthew Rust works with the faculty and staff of University College and the degree-granting schools in the development, implementation, and assessment of programs designed to foster the access and academic achievement of students with a focus on retention. In collaboration with University College leadership, Rust champions efforts to support the success of University College students and campus-wide programs focused on student persistence and success.
Prior to his current role, Rust served in a variety of related roles at IUPUI and North Carolina State University. At IUPUI, he worked as the director of student affairs for the School of Science from 2012 to 2014, before joining the Division of Undergraduate Education as the inaugural director of Campus Career and Advising Services in 2014. In 2018, Rust was promoted to senior executive director during a reorganization of University College. Rust has taught first year seminars and undergraduate courses in employment law as an adjunct faculty member throughout his time at IUPUI
Throughout his time at North Carolina State University’s University College, Rust held a Lecturer appointment teaching first year seminars, career exploration, and mentoring classes. He also served as an academic adviser and then Assistant Director leading the College’s recruitment and outcomes assessment efforts.
Beyond these roles, Rust has authored a number of publications and delivered numerous conference presentations related to student success, advising, career development, and legal issues in higher education, and he has advanced innovation within student success work through grants and contracts that have funded new programs. He is active in his service to the university, the student success profession, and the community, having served on the NACADA Journal’s editorial board and as a board member and officer for Indiana INTERNnet, a statewide nonprofit connecting employers to early talent. Rust currently serves on the governing board for the Institute for Workforce Excellence based at the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Outside of the office, Matt and his wife, Victoria, enjoy taking their four kids for hikes and camping trips in Indiana’s beautiful state parks. In addition to raising kids, Matt also enjoys watching plants develop and is proud to have two healthy oak trees grown from acorns he harvested from the IUPUI campus in 2013 and multiple goldfish plants started from the IUPUI biology department’s greenhouse.