Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media. Write grant proposals to procure external research funding. Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work. Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others. Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as structural geology, micrometeorology, and atmospheric thermodynamics. Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts. Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers. Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records. Supervise laboratory work and field work. Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction. Purchase and maintain equipment to support research projects. Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues. Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions. Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues. Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks and laboratory equipment. Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students. Review papers or serve on editorial boards for scientific journals, and review grant proposals for federal agencies. Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues. Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities. Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.