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This profile was last updated on 12/3/12  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Employment History

  • State Coordinator
    National History Day
  • State Coordinator
    Montana National History Day
  • Assistant Professor of History
    Montana State University Billings
  • Member, Honors Program
    Montana State University Billings
  • Principal Investigator
    JBR Environmental Consultants Inc
  • Assistant Professor In the Department of History
  • American Military History Professor
  • Teacher


  • Ph.D.
  • PhD
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Web References
Staff and Contact Information - Montana National History Day             , 9 June 2011 [cached]
State Coordinator - Dr. Tom Rust
Tom Rust is an Assistant professor of History at Montana State University Billings. A native of Montana, he teaches a wide variety of classes including Ancient and Medieval History, Classical Archaeology, American Historical Archaeology, and American Military History. When he isn't in front of the classroom or tirelessly promoting NHD, you can likely find him on one of Montana's trout streams.
NHD Works!! The results of an external study - Montana National History Day             , 1 Dec 2011 [cached]
"We've known about the about the impact of this program for years, but this study is exciting since it provides scientific data to confirm it," says Dr. Tom Rust, State Coordinator for Montana National History Day.
Dr. Rust confirmed that "Across the state I've seen students who otherwise struggle excel doing National History Day - it is really heartwarming.
"The growth has been incredibly fast and I think it speaks to the obvious value of the program" says Dr. Rust. In 2010 the Montana Association of REALTORS® donated $15,000 to grow the program as part of their community improvement program. The annual contest is held on the campus of Montana State University Billings in April of each year and is open to the public. "I encourage the public to come see what these students can do. The projects are wonderful and frankly, it just fun to see them" says Rust.
Recalling WWII veteran stories crucial -, 21 Jan 2006 [cached]
"You're losing a real direct connection to the sacrifices," said Tom Rust, a historian and director of the Honors Program at Montana State University-Billings."You're losing that personal understanding of what this time period meant."
Rust and his students have completed about 60 oral histories with World War II veterans and are in the final stages of preparing them for the public to enjoy and research.
The information that veterans have is not always easy to tap, especially the closer it is to the time of the war, Rust said.Some veterans have experienced great traumas, and others are simply humble about their service, he said.
For those veterans who refuse to talk, sometimes a dialogue can be started with the straightforward approach of "Why don't you want to talk about it?"Rust said.He cautions, however, not to push too hard for information.
"In some ways, these people's experiences are very personal to them, and they don't want to share them," he said."You have to respect them for that."
During the MSU-Billings oral history project, Rust and his students started conversations with veterans by asking about their lives before the war, then moved on to how they transitioned into the military, their service and the transition back to civilian life, he said.
Of the veterans who gave their stories to the oral history project, Rust estimated more than 70 percent were humble about their experiences - they thought they did a job - but they also hold strong feelings about war.
"War is a terrible, nasty, ugly thing, and we should not engage in it lightly," he said.
Without the firsthand insights of veterans, society can miss an important message, Rust said.
Tom Rust leands an archaeology ..., 20 Nov 2007 [cached]
Tom Rust leands an archaeology expedition
JBR's Principal Investigator, Thomas Rust, PhD, led a group of MSU Billings students on a service-learning project along the banks of the Yellowstone River. Students searched along the banks of river looking for artifacts at a possible Lewis & Clark expedition campsite.
Dr. Rust has over 16 years of experience and has served as a principal investigator, field director, and crew member on research and cultural resource management projects in Montana, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming, and the United Kingdom. He has written a number of books and articles on the archaeology and history of frontiers from various time periods and cultures, in addition to preparing numerous cultural resource assessments. His duties have included project management; direction and conducting of background research; archaeological surveys; architectural inventories of historic properties; subsurface sampling, testing, and data recovery excavations; analysis of prehistoric and historic artifacts; geophysical surveying; and writing of professional reports, monographs, and articles.
Dr. Rust has been assistant professor in the department of history at MSU since 2006 and served as principal investigator at JBR since 2010.
KULR-8 Television, 27 Oct 2005 [cached]
American military history professor Tom Rust of MSU-Billings says the number of deaths, especially following the government's official end of the war, shows the U.S. military is now fighting a different kind of enemy.Professor Rust says, "The enemy is very passionate, very entrenched, its not a clear us versus them army.
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