Pond is formerly visiting associate professor of biology at Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and the M.S. from Oregon State University. An area of emphasis in her master's work was the history and philosophy of science. She received her doctorate in microbiology from the School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. Her doctoral research, which focused on the membrane lipids of a hyperthermophilic bacterium, was followed by postdoctoral work in molecular biology at the University of Florida. Pond is currently retired from teaching, though she recently led a course in the history and philosophy of science at Whitworth College. In 1993 she was awarded the Howard Vollum Writing Award on "Horizons of Science and the Christian Faith" for her article Catholic Frogs. She and her family spent the year 1996-1997 in a rural and disadvantaged area of South Africa, where she and her husband volunteered as teachers in St. Mark's School (a junior and senior high school affiliated with the Anglican Church).