Among the first group of professors at the San Francisco State Normal School. Hired in 1900 as Instructor of Manual Methods, including creation of handicraft, he developed the first program in Geography. Clearly a talented artist, he promoted the use of the "chalk-talk method" in Geography, featuring the development of beautiful maps and diagrams on the chalkboard.
Kenyon, Walter J. (1904). Scandinavia: An example of the Chalk-Talk Method in Geography. Bulletin No. 5, San Francisco State Normal School.
Kenyon, Walter J. (1905). A Teacher's Handbook in Geography. Bulletin No. 10 (Part 1), San Francisco State Normal School.
Kenyon, Walter J. (1906). The Harbor of California. For California: A Monthly Publication for Those Who Want the Best There Is in Life. California Promotion Committee.
In his early career, Kenyon was a specialist of Swedish Sloyd handicraft methods, studying in Sweden with Dr. Salomon in 1887, while a student at the Cook County (Illinois) Normal School, and published in 1901 First Years in Handicraft. Kenyon was on the faculty of the Cook County Normal School as a Sloyd specialist.