Professor of English and Writing Center Director

Phone: (231) 591-5869
Office: ASC 1017-F


Ph.D., M.A., B.S., University of Minnesota

Classes Taught:

• LITR 327: Young Adult Literature
• LITR 326: Children's Literature
• ENGL 421: Advanced Scientific Writing
• ENGL 311: Advanced Technical Writing
• ENGL 211: Industrial and Career Writing


Andy Kantar teaches children's and young-adult literature and scientific and technical writing. He is also the director of the Writing Center and is the author of nonfiction and fiction books.


29 Missing: The True and Tragic Story of the Disappearance of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald. Michigan State University Press, 1998.

  • 1999 Michigan Notable Book

Black November: The Carl D. Bradley Tragedy. Michigan State University Press, 2006.

  • Nominee, 2007 Great Lakes Book Award
  • Finalist, 2006 ForeWord Book of the Year (YA Nonfiction)

Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy. Michigan State University Press, 2009.

  • Featured at Young Folk Bookfest (Great Lakes Folk Festival)

Game Face. Whiskey Creek Press, 2013.

  • Bronze Medal, 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Contributor, Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (2005).

Articles also published in English Journal (NCTE), The Lion and the Unicorn, Minnesota Magazine, and others.

Reviewer, Michigan State University Press and Indiana University Press.

Awards and Achievements:

  • Fulbright Scholar, Norway (1991–1993)
  • Academic Scholar Award (2006)
  • Finalist, Distinguished Teacher Award (1994)

Employed at Ferris since 1986