- Fulbright Award (2001)
Sandra Dolby is a professor emerita in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. She joined IU's faculty as an assistant professor in the folklore department in 1979 after starting her academic career in the English department at the University of Houston. During her tenure at IU, she served as an adjunct professor in American studies while also holding titles of acting director of American studies from 1994 to 1995 and director of the Folklore Institute from 2007 to 2008. Dolby retired in 2010 after over 30 years of dedication to folklore and American studies where she was known for her many contributions to the pedagogy of folklore and folk narrative theory. She has written and published a number of works in the field of folklore studies including Literary Folkloristics and the Personal Narrative, Self-Help Books: Why Americans Keep Reading Them, and The Handel Letters: A Biographical Conversation and served as an editor of the Journal of Folklore Research. Dolby received her B.A. in English from Manchester College in 1969 and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1973 and 1975.
Dolby was a recipient of a fellowship from the National Library of Australia in 1985 and served as a Fulbright Roving Scholar of American Studies in Norway from 2001 to 2002. Dolby received two university teaching awards during her time at IU and continues to serve on the faculty committee of IU's Individualized Major Program.