Dr. Hampton received her undergraduate Bachelor of Art Education Degree from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago with academic work at the University of Chicago in 1961, a Master’s Degree in Education from Illinois State University in 1968, and a Ph.D. in Art Education from Arizona State University in 1974. She also attended the Institute for Educational Leadership and Management at Harvard University during the summer of 1990. She received Senior Fulbright Specialist awards in 2007 and 2017 for research, project development, and travel in Nigeria and Ghana, West Africa.
She has taught undergraduate and graduate education, art, and art education courses at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, California State University at Sacramento, The University of Oregon in Eugene, and The Pennsylvania State University. She has also served as Head of the Department of Art at Jackson State University in Mississippi, and as the Assistant Director of the Expansion Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D. C.. Between 1985 and 2009, She served as Director of the School of Visual Arts in the College of Arts and Architecture, Vice Provost, Executive Assistant to the Provost for the Development of the Arts and Head of the Department of African and African American Studies at Penn State University. She served as The Senior Faculty Mentor for Penn State between 2009 and 2014. As Senior Faculty Mentor, she provided various supportive services to tenure track faculty members belonging to underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to facilitate the attainment of tenure and promotion throughout the Penn State University System. During this time, she also served as Professor of Art Education and Integrative Arts in the College of Arts and Architecture, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate students and served on Masters and Doctoral committees.
Dr. Hampton has exhibited work in shows sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Illinois Council on the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, and The Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture in Lagos, Nigeria. Her current body of work reflects her thoughts about the regenerative nature of the human spirit. Her Phoenix Rising Series - Leaving the Past Behind, depicts images of the artist and others rising above the rubble of the past....thereby letting go of the negative aspects of her life and settling past accounts." A drawing from this body of work was selected for inclusion in the 2021 Speculative Futures, Present Imaginations, a virtual art exhibition mounted for The Confluence: Octavia E. Butler at the Intersection of Cultural Critique and Climate Collapse Conference, March, 2021.
In recognition of her scholarship, academic leadership, and community service, Dr. Hampton was identified as a "Penn State Treasure" by the Penn State Black Alumni Association in September 2016.
Although retired, Dr. Hampton returned to Penn State to serve as the Interim Director of the School of Visual Arts during the search for a new director. She served in this capacity between January and September of 2020. She is now actively resuming her research and art career in addition to assisting Dr. Carline Crevecoeur in her campaign.