- Fulbright Award (1955)
John Albert Robbins, Jr. received his B.A. and his M.A. from the University of Florida. Robbins also attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an assistant instructor. A former instructor at Duke University, he joined Indiana University's faculty in 1950 and the chairman of the freshman literature program in the English Department. Robbins retired from IU as a Professor Emeritus in 1985.
Robbins also served as the editor of American Literary Scholarship, a publication of the Modern Language Association, from 1968 to 1973, and a co-editor from 1976 to 1988.
Robbins was an American literature scholar whose interests included bibliography and American poetry. He had a special interest in the works of Frost, Edgar Allan Poe and Ezra Pound.
Robbins published a book "An Interlude with Robert Frost" in 1982. The volume is based off Robbins' correspondence with Robert Frost, which began while he was a student at the University of Florida.