Elizabeth Ritt joined Benedictine University in August 2011 as chair and professor of Nursing and Health. In 2014, she transitioned to full-time teaching in the MSN Program. Prior to joining Benedictine she held the position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a long history with North Park University as a tenured professor and dean. Dr. Ritt is frequently sought out by national and international organizations for her expertise on adult learning, assessment, and accreditation. She has published many papers on the fields of education and health care, including Redefining Tradition: Adult Learners in Higher Education, which she authored for the journal Adult Learning. She holds an Ed.D, specializing in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies, from Northern Illinois University (1989). She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Adult Health Nursing/Education, from Loyola University of Chicago (1982), and a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing (BS), from North Park University.