Annual Report Hell


Well, it’s finally done. The most distasteful part of my job. Writing the “annual report”. Oh yes, employees should be accountable for their actions. Public employees who live off the state teat especially. Why do I hate it so? Somewhere in my mind, I imagine that annual reports should be a simple reporting of “what I have done and what I have failed to do.” Hopefully with honest reflection thrown in. I was raised not to boast or brag, to let your performance stand on its own. Alas, that is not a Miami University annual report.

Because the most important part is about teaching, I thought that it might interest students, so it is attached here.


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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