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Janet Hurley

Hurley, Janet
Janet Hurley
Extension Program Specialist I Statewide School IPM (Dallas, TX)
Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas 17360 Coit Road Dallas, Texas 75252
Undergraduate Education
AA – Northern Oklahoma College 1984 – Buisness
BS – Texas Woman’s University 1994 – Community Health
Graduate Education
MS- University of Texas at Dallas 2006 – Public Affairs


  • 1995-2001 Inspector and Lab Technician Environmental Control Services, City of Lewisville, TX.
  • 2001 – 2007 Extension Assistant School IPM
  • 2007 – Present Extension Program Specialist I – School IPM

Meetings and Publications:

Collaborative work:

Janet has worked with many groups in-state and in other states to promote development of IPM in schools. In Texas she has worked closely with Texas Department of Agriculture – Structural Pest Control Service, Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Business Officials. Janet has had proposals funded by Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Fire Ant Research and Management Project. She has been instrumental in the organization of the Texas School IPM Coordinators Affiliate for Public Schools. In 2006, Janet served on the Texas Pest Control Association Rules and Regulations Committee. Finally, Janet has had educational collaborations with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Pest Management Professionals and the North Texas Chapter of U.S. Green Building and other groups of architects. She has had other educational collaborations with the East and Central Chapters of the Texas Pest Control Association, Estes Chemical, Greater Houston Pest Control Association, B&G Chemical and Equipment, the Texas Tech PCO Workshop, University of Texas School of Public Health, Gulf Coastal Maintenance and Operations, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Department of State Health Services, Texas Agricultural Science Teachers Association, Texas School Risk Managers Association and others.

Nationally, Janet has worked collaboratively with the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials, the American Society for Public Administration, the National School Plant Managers Association, University of Florida, Auburn University, Oklahoma State University, the Southern Association of School Business Officials and school IPM groups in New Mexico, Alabama, Florida, Maine and California. She has worked closely with the USEPA and USDA-CSREES acquire funding for educational activities. And, she has developed strong beneficial relationships with the Southern Region IPM Center, and the International IPM Symposium. Janet is co-chair for the Southern Region Work Group for School IPM on eXtension and was a member of the Steering Committee and the Awards Subcommittee for the 6th International IPM Symposium held in Portland, OR (March 2009).


Scholarly Presentations:

Hurley, J. 2009. Promoting Implementation of IPM in Schools: The Success and Challenges of Mandating School IPM in Texas. 6th International IPM Symposium, Portland, OR.

Graham, L., & J. Hurley. 2009. Hands-on Introduction to Integrated Pest Management Tools: eXtension. 6th International IPM Symposium, Portland, OR.

Merchant, M. B. Bennett & J. Hurley. 2009. New Tool to Help Schools Calculate the Costs of IPM. 6th International IPM Symposium, Portland, OR.

Hurley, J. 2008. Advocacy, Policy and Regulations – a summary of the laws and regulations governing school IPM in the United States. National Conference on Urban Entomology, Tulsa, OK. May 20, 2008.

Merchant, M.E., K. Schofield, E. Brown, P. Nester, C. Helpert, J. Hurley and M. Keck. 2008. Fire ants in Texas nursing homes: Survey of staff attitudes and new training materials. Twenty-minute submitted paper. Southwestern Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Fort Worth, TX. February 25, 2008.

Merchant, M. E., K. Schofield, E. Brown, P. Nester, C. Helpert, J. Hurley and M. Keck. 2007. Ten-minute submitted paper. Fire ants in Texas nursing homes: Staff attitudes and management options. Annual Conference, Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. December 12, 2007.

Hurley, J., M. Merchant & P. Pope. 2006. Measuring the Success of School IPM in Texas. National IPM Symposium. St. Louis, MO.

Merchant, M. B. Bennett & J. Hurley. 2006. IPM Budget Calculator National IPM Symposium. St. Louis, MO.

Merchant, M., J. Hurley & D. Renchie. 2004. Southwest Technical Resource Center for IPM in Schools. Texas A&M Research and Extension Center presentation to Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station stakeholders in preparation for the 2005 Legislative Session.

Career IPM Emphasis and Accomplishments:

Ms. Hurley’s work impacts the health and safety of 4.7 million Texas children and their teachers and the support staff in the public schools. Working with many state and national collaborators, Ms. Hurley has developed training materials, organized training conferences for school employees and officials and aided school IPM Coordinators in their effort to form an organization. Because of her work in Texas, public schools are a safer place for students and teachers. Collaborating with many other states she has helped bring the benefits of school IPM to many other students and teachers in other states.


Scholarly Publications:

Hallberg, R. and Hurley, J. 2009. A pest-Free Process: Incorporation integrated pest management into the construction process can help ensure an energy-efficient and virtually pest-free school for years.  American School & University, July 2009

Hurley, J and Merchant, M. 2005. Tips for Starting a School IPM Program, Momentum, the Official Journal of the National Catholic Educational Association, April/May 2005.

Hurley, J. 2004 Texas Schools Recognized for Excellence.  Pest Management. Pest Control Magazine: The Buzz Online, July 2004; PCT Online July 2004



2005 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program – Champion Recipient for School IPM – Southwest Technical Resource Center

2005 Texas Cooperative Extension Team Award for Superior Service for School IPM Program

2008 Excellence in IPM Programming Award – Texas Pest Management Association

2009 Southern Region IPM Center – Friend of IPM Bright Idea Award – Southern Region School IPM Working Group