Jeffrey M Kenton

Associate Professor

Jeffrey M Kenton

Contact Info

Hawkins Hall, Room 102E


Ph.D Education, Specialization in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Iowa State University, 2002

MS Education, Specialization in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Iowa State University, 1997

BA Biological Sciences with a minor emphasis in German, University of Iowa, 1993

Areas of Expertise

Accreditation, Assessment, Information Search, Instructional Technology, Metacognition


Dr. Kenton received his Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instructional Technology) from Iowa State University in 2002. He joined the faculty of the then-Reading, Special Education and Instructional Technology (RSET) Department in August 2002.

From 2009-2016, he served as the Assistant Dean in the College of Education, coordinating preparations for the 2014 joint MSDE/NCATE Accreditation visit. This work involved collecting, managing and distributing information for use in various institutional, state and federal reports. He coordinated the College of Education's Graduate Programs and served as the College's liaison in many technological matters, including supervising the College's Education Innovations lab, and the College's Web Information Architect.

Since 2016, Dr. Kenton has returned to the classroom, teaching courses at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. His primary teaching interests are in Assessment, Learning Theories, Technology Integration and its effects on Learning and Society, and; Online Learning.

His research interests include: Assessment and Accreditation; Instructional technology integration (especially using interactive technologies); Metacognition and self-directed learning; Information literacy and information fluency, and; the use of non-written feedback in online learning environments.


Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (In Press). Academic libraries’ mobile initiatives and Research from 2010 to the Present: Identifying themes in the literature. In Handbook of Research on Mobile Devices and Applications in Higher Education Settings.

Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (In Press). Academic Library Portals: A Literature Review from 2003 to the Present. In Digitizing the Modern Library and the Transition from Print to Electronic.

Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (In Press). Access and Accessibility to Academic Libraries’ Webpages: A Literature Review from 2000 to the Present. In Exploring the Future of Accessibility in Higher Education.

Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (Under Review). Are teacher education programs providing graduates with 21st Century skills? A literature review from 2003 to 2014. Teacher Education and Practice.

Blummer,B. & Kenton, J. (2016). Utilizing Web 2.0 Technologies for Library Web Tutorials: An Examination of Instruction on Community College Libraries’ Websites Serving Large Student Bodies. Community & Junior College Libraries, 22 (3), 1-24.  DOI: 10.1080/02763915.2016.1190994

Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (2015). Academic librarians’ use of Web 2.0 tools and new media to  promote students’ information literacy skills. Journal of Education Research, 9 (2), 151-175.

Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (2014). Academic librarians’ use of Web 2.0 tools and new media to promote students’ information literacy skills, In Information Literacy: Educational   Practices, Emerging Technologies and Student Learning Outcomes. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (2014). Information fluency initiatives in academic libraries: A literature review. Journal of Information Fluency (3)1, 3-20.

Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (2014). Reducing patron information overload in academic libraries.  College & Undergraduate Libraries, 21 (2), 115-135. (Also a Featured Article in the July/August 2014 issue of Informed Librarian Online.)

Blummer, B., Lohnes Watulak, S., & Kenton, J. (2013). The research experience for education graduate students: A phenomenographic study. Internet Reference Services Quarterly17(3-4), 117-146. doi:10.1080/10875301.2012.747462