Philosophy Faculty

J. Caleb Clanton
Professor & University Research Professor

Ph.D., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Philosophy, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Caleb Clanton has been on faculty at Lipscomb University since 2012. He taught previously at Pepperdine University, where he served as the Director of the Philosophy Program and was twice named a Seaver Fellow in Humanities. He has also served on faculty at Vanderbilt University. Clanton is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine (2009-2010), and an Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at Lipscomb (2014).
Prof. Clanton’s research centers on issues in philosophy of religion, moral philosophy, and pragmatism. He has published numerous journal articles and is the author or editor of several books, including Philosophy of Religion in the Classical American Tradition (University of Tennessee Press, 2016); The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell (University of Tennessee Press, 2013), winner of the Lester McAllister Prize; The Classical American Pragmatists & Religion (Baylor University Press, 2011); The Ethics of Citizenship (Baylor University Press, 2009); and Religion & Democratic Citizenship (Lexington Books, 2008). He teaches a variety of courses at Lipscomb, including Introduction to Philosophy, Ethical Theory, Ancient & Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion.

Lee Allen Mayo
Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., Philosophy, Notre Dame
M.A., History and Philosophy of Science, Notre Dame
M.A., Philosophy, Virginia Tech
B.A., Philosophy, Physics, Mathematics, Lipscomb University

Lee Mayo has been teaching at Lipscomb since 2013.  He completed his Ph.D. in the Philosophy and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) graduate programs at the University of Notre Dame in 2012.  While at Notre Dame, he taught a number of courses, including Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Science, Technology, and Values.  At Lipscomb, Mayo teaches a variety of courses, including logic, engineering ethics and Lipscomb seminar.

Professor Mayo’s research centers primarily on the history and philosophy of science.  His first book, Simulation without Replication, was published by LAP Academic Publishing. 

Rubel Shelly
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Ph.D., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
M.A., Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
M.Th., Religion, Harding School of Theology
M.A., Religion, Harding School of Theology
B.A., Religion, Harding University

Rubel Shelly joined the Lipscomb University faculty in 2015 with a dual appointment in philosophy and religion. He spent the previous ten years at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan. There he taught both philosophy and religion and served as president of the college for five and one-half years. He had previously taught at Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He currently teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics, and Modern Political Thought, among others. 

Professor Shelly is also active as a preacher-theologian. He completed a 27-year ministry with the Family of God at Woodmont Hills in Nashville in 2005. He assists local churches with special seminars on topics of interest and with staff replacement and mentoring through an association with Interim Ministry Partners. Two of his recent publications are Divorce & Remarriage: A Redemptive Theology and I Knew Jesus before He Was a Christian . . . and I Liked Him Better Then.