Tope joined the LSU faculty in 2001 after 30+ years in K-12 education. From 1989-2000 she served as assistant superintendent (curriculum) for Milford Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to that she held the positions of public relations director at Lakota Schools, K-12 English supervisor at Greenhills-Forest Park Schools, and assistant principal at Greenhills High School, all in Cincinnati. Tope worked as a national consultant for Harcourt Publishing Company. From 1981-83 she served on the Special Program Upgrading Reading team for the state of Louisiana. She also taught Spanish, English and reading.
Career Education of the Year for the state of Ohio,1995.
Breakthrough to the Best Award for their Partners in Education Program for the state of Ohio, 2000.
LSU Alumni Association Illustrious Alumnus, 2010.