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
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
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 Quarterly, 17(3-4), 117-146. doi:10.1080/10875301.2012.747462