Heide Doss, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor in Physics and Engineering

Dr. Heide Doss received her BS in Physics with a minor in mathematics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988. She completed her MS and Ph.D. in Theoretical Quantum Optics and Laser Physics from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1992. In 1995 she earned her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Secondary Science Education. Dr. Doss currently holds a Single Subject CA Clear Teaching Credential for Pre-K through Adult.

Dr. Doss’ science research has focused on the interaction of radiation with matter to explore lasing and coherent interactions. She has dabbled in fiber optic immunosensors, and is interested in educational research.

Dr. Doss is very interested and active in science outreach and science education. She is currently an active member of the American Physical Society’s Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public and contributes science outreach articles for the American Physical Society’s outreach website, Physics Central. She has been involved in the writing and editing of multiple physics textbooks and teacher’s guides for grades 6-12, and has created and edited curriculum on special topics in physics. Dr. Doss also contributes as a content editor, writing physics assessment items. Dr. Doss often helps out in K-12 classrooms or, when she can, substitute teaches in one of the local schools.

Dr. Doss’ primary hobbies are physics and education, and she is usually spending time on these while being mom. Dr. Doss is actively involved in her children’s schools, is a member of local science clubs, loves to hike, exercise, take moments to appreciate the beautiful world we live in, and enjoy good food.


  • M.Ed. & Certification: Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Science - Physics, University of Maryland at College Park
  • Ph.D., Physics: Theoretical Quantum Optics and Laser Physics, Drexel University
  • M.S., Physics, Drexel University
  • B.S., Physics, State University of New York at Buffalo

Courses Taught

  • General Physics I – PHY 141
  • General Physics II – PHY 142
  • University Physics II – PHY242
  • Modern Physics – PHY 304
  • Quantum Mechanics – PHY 431
  • Special Topics in Physics – PHY 490
  • Seminar in Physics – PHY 495
  • Earth Science – PSC 103
  • The Cosmos - PSC 105

Experience in Field

  • Adjunct Professor, Physics, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Content Specialist for Pearson’s Evaluation Systems
  • Consultant (e.g. for the American Physical Society & Optical Society of America)
  • Substitute Teacher, (pre-K-12 GUHSD, CVUSD)
  • Lecturer/Adjunct/Instructor, San Diego State University, DeVry, Grossmont
  • Associate Editor/Writer, Herff Jones Education Division, It’s About Time Publishing
  • Senior Staff, Physics Learning & Research Group, at SDSU, CRMSE
  • Staff Research Scientist, Research and Development, TACAN Corporation
  • Physics High School Teacher, PG County MD
  • Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
  • Visiting Research Associate, Max-Planck Institüt für Quantenoptik

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Optical Society of America (Member)
  • American Physical Society (Member)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Member)
  • Member-at-Large, Forum on Outreach & Engaging the Public (APS Forum)
  • Newsletter Editor, Forum on Outreach & Engaging the Public (APS Forum)
  • Academic Advisor for the Society of Physics Students (SPS, Physics Club)

Awards and Honors

  • Valhalla High School’s Gold Star Volunteer Award, 2016
  • Nominated as volunteer of the year for Cajon Valley Unified School District by Hillsdale Middle School, 2015
  • Woman Physicist of the Month, May 2013
  • American Physical Society Public Outreach and Informing the Public Grants - Physics for All: Mini Lessons – Renamed: Science On Cards, February 2012
  • LaserFest – The LASER is 50 (almost)! Celebrate it’s 50th with cake, refreshments, and its story from birth to the wonderful impacts it has on our society today! – Awarded November 2009
  • IDEA GRANT – How Do You Weigh a Star? – Awarded 1997 – 1998
  • ACTION RESEARCH GRANT – Reading Across the Curriculum – Awarded 1996 – 1997
  • Pulse Propagation in a Thick Medium of Multi-Level Atoms, Heide M. Doss; MSU research initiation grant, Jan 1 – Dec 31, 1993
  • Propagation Effects in Optically Thick Media of Three-Level Atoms, Heide M. Doss; NSF research initiation grant, March 1, 1993 – Feb 1, 1994

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • 2010 – present: Writer for APS Physics Central, Physics in Action an American Physical Society outreach website. (55+ articles)
  • Laser Lessons:  Student and Teacher’s Edition, Heide Doss, Ed Lee, Monica Plisch, American Physical Society, (Maryland), October 2010
  • J.T. Ives, H.M. Doss, B.J. Sullivan, J.C. Stires, J.H. Bechtel, Fiber Optic Immunosensors to Monitor Small-Molecule Analytes in Groundwater, Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Fiber Sensors X, 2-3 Nov 1998, Boston, MA. Proceedings of the SPIE, Vol 3540, p 36-44, 1999
  • H.M. Doss, L.M. Narducci, M.O. Scully, Gao Jinyue, Theoretical analysis of a four-level laser without inversion driven by a pumped Raman field, Opt. Comm., 95, 58 (1993)
  • Physics Outreach Grant Experiences, American Physical Society March 2014 Meeting, Denver, CO, March 2014
  • The Physics of LASERs: Inquiry Lessons for High School Physics Students, H. Doss, E. Lee, M. Plisch, APS April Meeting, Long Beach, CA, April, 2011
  • Nuclear Forensics for High School Science, C. Mader, H. Doss, M. Plisch, APS April Meeting, Long Beach, CA April, 2011
  • Mechanism of inversionless amplification in four-level atoms with Raman pumping, H.M. Doss, O.A. Kocharovskaya, C.H. Keitel, S.-Y. Zhu, L.M. Narducci, M.O. Scully, Optical Society of America, Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 1992
  • Laser Lessons Workshops, BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) workshop, San Diego, CA, 27 June, 2015; OSA Educator’s Day, San Jose, CA, 19 October 2011; DAMOP Teacher’s Day, Atlanta, GA, 17 June 2011; OSA Educator’s Day, Rochester, NY, 27 October, 2010; APS/AAPT High School Physics Teachers’ Day, Portland, OR, 16 March 2010; Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Holland, MI, 24 April 2010
  • CSET Multiple Subject – Science Prep Workshops – SDSU San Diego, CA, Saturdays Feb 6-27, 2016
  • Diffraction Workshop, Heide Doss, DAMOP Teacher’s Day, Atlanta, GA, 17 June 2011
  • Nuclear Forensics Workshop, Monica Plisch, Heide Doss, APS/AAPT High School Physics Teachers’ Day, Portland, OR, 16 March 2010