Prior to coming to the U.S. in 1970, Dr. Sebhatu taught math and physics in Ethiopia. M.J. Skove of Clemson University, whom Sebhatu met when Skove was a Fulbright visiting professor in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, encouraged Sebhatu to come to Clemson for graduate study.
Sebhatu has served as visiting assistant professor of physics at N.C. State University and has taught physics to transfer and vocational students at Pensacola Junior College in Florida. He came to Winthrop in 1978. During his sabatical year in 1991-92, he was a King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor at Michigan State University.
Sebhatu is listed in Men of Achievement by the International Biography Centre; Who's Who Among African Americans; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in Science and Engineering; Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology; and Who's Who in American Education. In addition, he is listed by the American Physical Society (APS) as a minority colloquium speaker. Sebhatu is a member of APS, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the Anacapa Society.
From 2002-2003, Sebhatu was one of seven theoretical physicists selected to participate in the KITP Scholar Program. He also was selected as a Fellow by the African Science Institute.