A native of eastern New Mexico, Dr. Pulliam received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1976 and a Master of Business Administration in 1978 from Eastern New Mexico University and joined the accounting firm of Peat Marwick and Mitchell and Co. (now KPMG) in Albuquerque. After five years in public accounting, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Texas and joined the faculty of the University of Tulsa in 1987. During her ten years in Tulsa, she taught primarily in the University of Tulsa's Master of Taxation program. She joined the faculty of West Texas A&M University in 1997.
On-campus, Dr. Pulliam teaches the income tax accounting courses and the CPA review, is the director of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program and faculty adviser for Mortar Board.
Dr Pulliam's publications include many articles appearing in Tax Advisor, Journal of Accountancy, Practical Tax Strategies, Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly and Journal of Forensic Accounting as an author or co-author. She is also a co-author of the books "Advising the 60+ Investor" and "Personal Service Corporations" published as part of the Research Institute of America's Tax Adviser's Planning Service.
Even though they are grown, Dr. Pulliam's two children keep her busy. Her daughter recently graduated from Texas A&M University and is an environmental scientist in Tulsa. Her son is a student at Texas Tech and is pursuing a physics degree. A long-time Trekkie, she was quite upset when Star Trek Enterprise went out of production. She now watches NCIS and Boston Legal (which features several Star Trek actors). Visits to the weight room and cutthroat Trivial Pursuit games occupy her spare time since her kids don't play soccer any longer.