Joseph Chepaitis began working at Illinois State University in 1966 until 1967. From there, he was employed at West Virginia Institute of Technology from 1967 to 1969. Since 1969, Joseph has been employed at the University of New Haven. From 1983 to 1995, Joseph was also the Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Joseph Chepaitis has received several academic honors: the Mellon Fellowship, Yale University, 1979-1980; Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society, Loyola College, 1960; “Teacher of the Year” Award, Alpha Chi Honor Society, University of New Haven, 1972, 1978, 1981; “Outstanding Teacher of the Year,” West Virginia Institute of Technology, 1969; Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society, Georgetown University, 1964; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Loyola College, 1961; and the Knights of Columbus Scholarship, Loyola College, 1958-1962.
Joseph Chepaitis has been involved in several professional activities: the Board of Directors at the Connecticut Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History from 1979 to present; Historian Consultant for the NEH-sponsored play by the Iron-Clad Agreement of Pittsburgh and talks on Eli Whitney in New Haven from May 1-10 in 1981; and the Historian Consultant for the NEH-sponsored play by the Iron-Clad Agreement of Fairfield ("Echoes in America" of Major Roads Company, Bradford, U.K.) throughout 7 towns in Northeastern Connecticut from March 1-8 in 1984.