During the challenge, I was a PhD student in musicology at the University of Oregon (completed 2011). Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of music at Central Washington University. I research music branding and arts entrepreneurship, and teach courses in music history, arts and entrepreneurship, and the history of jazz.
Mark has a new blog here: http://www.mark-samples.com
Mark's faculty page: http://www.cwu.edu/music/dr-mark-samples